The Unified Sports and Racing Association for Motorycles, Inc. (USRA), a Philippine recommendatory body for motorcycle racing, established in May 15, 2011, issued a memo regarding Open Road Endurance Races.

In a recently issued memo, the group openly condemned the organization and participation in “Open Road Endurance Races.” It is signed by the USRA President, Eduardo Lumague. The USRA is composed of racers of small displacement motorcycles and was founded in the wake of the passing of motorcycle racer, Maico Buncio.

“The perpetuation of Open road endurance races do not contribute towards goodwill and safety for all, it is a demonstration of the disregard for respect of others,” it states. “The Unified Sports Racing Association in good conscience cannot support open road endurance races. These events expose the participants and the general public to uncontrolled dangerous situations.”

The memo does not cite any event in particular but defines it as, "an event where speed, time/distance are components to its implementation,"and "where riders gather to ride from point A to point B within a fixed time frame."

The full memo is as follows:

Over the past six years, there has been an increase of events that are “Open Road Endurance races”, where riders gather to ride from point A to point B within a fixed time frame, within a span of hours, instead of days. Although there are interpretations by different organizers to describe these events, a “race” by definition is an event where speed, time/distance are components to its implementation. Admittedly, not all participants ride at an exuberant pace, a number still do it, enough for it to be a concern for the safety of the general public.

A safe road environment is when people use the road in predictable ways, road laws help make this happen by reducing the risk for all, but ignoring those allowed limits, can endanger others.

Motorcyclists are believers in freedom and rights, we enjoy our right to ride and express ourselves through our bikes. But don’t our personal rights to freedom end where the rights of others begin?
The basis for a safe road environment is when people and their vehicles use the road in predictable ways; road laws help make this happen and ignoring the allowed limits endangers people.

The perpetuation of Open road endurance races do not contribute towards goodwill and safety for all, it is a demonstration of the disregard for respect of others. The roads will be used the way we see fit to achieve our ends, regardless of the near misses and consequences to others. Our as rights as riders end where the rights of others begin.

The Unified Sports Racing Association in good conscience cannot support open road endurance races. These events expose the participants and the general public to uncontrolled dangerous situations.