Officials at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway announced a new program today.  Motorcycle Madness, a five-event series, will debut April 12.  The series targets illegal street racers who compete on motorcycles on  the roads of Las Vegas and Clark county.  Last year, LVMS launched Midnight Mayhem, a program designed to attract illegal street racers to the safer confines of The Strip.  The program proved so popular that the schedule was expanded three times.  Last year's movie The Fast And The Furious called attention to the problem of illegal street racing.  The new Biker Boyz motion picture is expected to do the same for illegal motorcycle street racing.

 

"The illegal street racing of sport motorcycles has increased dramatically in recent years and, with new movies glamorizing this activity, we expect it to become a major problem this summer," said Chris Blair, LVMS' director of drag racing operations.

 

"We hope this new program will do for motorcycles what Midnight Mayhem did for sport compact cars by getting them off the street and onto The Strip.  Anyone can purchase a sport bike capable of speeds in excess of 180 miles per hour can be purchased for less than $10,000.  As a result, kids who might not be able to afford a high performance car are turning to bikes as their outlet."

 

 

Event Dates:
Saturday, April 12

Saturday, May 10

Saturday, June 14

Saturday, July 12

Saturday, September 20

 

Event Format:

10 p.m. -- Registration opens, tech inspection

11 p.m.-1 a.m. -- Street-legal sport bike grudge drags

1 a.m.-closing -- Open freestyle exhibition and burnouts

 

Entry Fees / Admission:

Race or freestyle -- $20

Spectators -- $10  (includes 5:30¿11 p.m. Bracket Race admission)

 

Rider Requirements:

Must be 18 years of age with valid driver¿s license and proof of insurance.

                                               

Safety Gear:

Full face helmet meeting SNELL 90, 95, K98, 2000 or  SFI  31.2 or 41.2 Specs.  Leather jacket, leather boots/shoes (above the ankle) and leather gloves mandatory.  Bikes running 120 mph or faster are required to wear full all-leathers or SFI Spec 40 half-suit. Two-piece suites must be joined by zipper at the waist.

 

Bike Rules:

Street legal, currently registered and insured motorcycles only.  All bikes must be driven to the track.

 

Racing:

Grudge drags only (no formal elimination process), no dial-ins or handicaps.  .4 Pro tree.

 

Freestyle:

Riders will take turns with two-minute sessions on racing surface.  "Street rules" will apply: riders must demonstrate stunt-riding ability to rider council (which will be comprised of professional riders from Project Mayhem Stunt Team) prior to performing on The Strip.  A designated ¿burnout¿ area will be marked for riders to perform.

 

Awards:

Trophies will be awarded to best appearing bike and fastest bike of the night.  Freestyle awards will be presented by WestCoast Filmworks.