California State Championship Adds Sidecar Class

California State Championship Back For 2012 Season With Exciting Changes

January 11, 2012

The California State Championship is back for 2012, with some exciting changes and a new format. Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and Sidecar Racers Association-West (SRA-West) will be included for this year’s championship, bringing the motorcycle road racing sanctioning bodies total to five, making the California State Championship the largest multi-club championship in the country.

“Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA) racers welcome the opportunity to represent CVMA in the upcoming CSC 2012 season. This newly-formed racing organization enjoyed its inaugural season in 2011 and looks forward to sharing in the enjoyment of racing with CSC and other racers from other race organizations,” says Rich “Cowboy” Stampp, CVMA Race Director.

“It’s a great opportunity to have the SRA-West sidecars on board with CSC this season. The series is a great idea and I’m glad we could be a part of it. Plus, we can take part in the pit bike races and prove we don’t race on three wheels due to a lack of balance,” says John Wood, Vice-President, SRA-West Inc.

Also new for 2012, San Diego BMW Motorcycles has come on board as the new title sponsor for the event.

“San Diego BMW Motorcycles is very excited to continue our support of the California State Championship in 2012. As it enters its third year, we expect the Championship series to continue to bring together the best road racers from all over the Southwest. These athletes will compete at various tracks around the region and ride the most advanced machines to the absolute limits in order to have the chance to be crowned Champions. They represent the very essence of BMW Motorcycles – the most technically advanced machines working in perfect harmony with their riders to produce the best possible outcome. Please join us in supporting and cheering for these riders and help us to reward their hard work and incredible talents,” says Gary Orr, Owner/General Manager, San Diego BMW Motorcycles.

The next significant change for the event this year is the format. The California State Championship will be run as a double-header shootout, winner-take-all. The championship round will take place November 3-4, 2012, at the Las Vegas Classic Course with WERA and will run in conjunction with their double-header event, giving racers two full days of racing. Participation in the championship will require participation in at least two races weekends with the clubs included in the championship: AFM, CVMA, WERA, WSMC, and SRA. Racers wishing to compete in the California State Championship have until October, 2012, to complete the mandatory race weekends, and results will be verified. The age for the CSC competitors with an Expert license has also been lowered to 14. There will be a practice day on Friday, November 2 preceding the event provided by Racer’s Edge Performance.

For fun, Saturday evening after the races, there will be a “slow bike race” and a “best paint“ contest run simultaneously.

In addition to the class champions, there will be an Overall Heavyweight, Overall Middleweight, Overall Lightweight, and Overall Sidecar Champion crowned at the conclusion of the races on Sunday.

“WERA Motorcycle Roadracing is very proud to have the CSC hold its 2012 shootout with us at our November WERA West round presented by Lucas Oil. This will add some additional excitement to a season-ending event and will give some riders who have never experienced the Classic Course at Las Vegas the opportunity to do so. Shandra works very hard to make the CSC something to be a part of, and we look forward to working with her in November and throughout the course of the 2012 season,” says Evelyne Clarke, President WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc.

“2012 presented some challenges to work with to have the Championship this year,” says Shandra Crawford, California State Championship Organizer. “The changes that I made this year were based on racer feedback and taking into account all of the races taking place on the West Coast. It was going to be difficult to run the three-round format that I have been running and allow everyone to participate that wanted to. I also did not want to schedule anything that would conflict with an AMA weekend, as many racers expressed interest to do both the West Coast rounds and the California State Championship. I borrowed some structuring from WERA’s Grand National Finals to come up with the concept for this year. Racers will still have to participate in two races weekends to qualify for the final, but this way they can do it as their time and schedules allow. This will also not conflict with another race weekend, and allow racers to have a break between race weekends and not have to run back-to-back. This way people can concentrate on their goals for their home clubs and AMA races and at the end of the season have a championship round after everything is completed. My hope is that this makes it a little more budget- and schedule-friendly for everyone.

“I would like to thank the clubs for their continued support, and especially WERA for hosting the round this year. The opportunity for racers to go to the other clubs and experience different tracks and race organizations makes better racers and expands our sport. I would also like to thank San Diego BMW for stepping up their level of support this year. It’s very exciting to have them involved at this level.

“My heart felt thanks also goes out to Dunlop for their support for the last two seasons as the title sponsor and for this season’s continued support of club level contingency and trackside tire service. I’m very confident and excited about the quality of the new tire product I’m seeing.”

The state championship will be open to any racer 14 years or older with an Expert license in 2012. Class structures, sponsors, trackside vendors will be announced in a separate release.

For more race club, track, or track day provider information, see the Tracks and Clubs page at:

For more information, contact:


California State Championship
Attn: Shandra Crawford
2121 N Buena Vista St
Burbank CA 91504

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