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2018 Manual of Motorcycle Sport

Fri, 08/12/2017 - 3:44pm

Pertains to: 
Rule Changes to the Manual of Motorcycle Sport for 2018

Notes:
Please see below the list of changes for the MoMS in 2018. This is only a brief note on the changes that have occurred. It is important you read through the relevant chapters to see how these changes will affect your discipline.
There are a number of changes that were not finalised in time to make it into the printed edition; these have been noted below and will appear in the online version.

Please note, the National Personal Accident Insurance chapter, as well as the Member Protection Policy have this year been removed as policy documents, and can now be found online at ma.org.au
 
To find the 2018 Manuel of Motorcycle Sport (MoMS) head to www.ma.org.au 
 
Changes to the Manual of Motorcycle Sport for 2018
Administration

  • Addition of the Deputy position
  • Eligibility Scrutineer - conflict of interest
Competitions  
  • Track inspector reports
  • Notes regarding final instructions
Offences, Protests and Appeals
  • Imposition of penalties during events
  • Penalties that can be imposed by the Clerk of Course, Steward, and RCB
  • Default penalty time limits
  • What is required to make a protest
  • Engine protest process
  • Commencement of appeals
 Road Race;
  • The removal of championship status for Moto3 and 125cc classes
  • Combining of Moto3 and 250 GP Mono
  • Stopping race procedure
  • Data acquisition & ignition control units
  • Throttle assembly
  • Brake discs for production class will be updated in online version
Historic Road Race;
  • Fuel note regarding AV Gas
Motocross/Supercross;
  • Junior Australian SX Championships
  • Self-scrutineering
  • Starting and stopping events
Classic Motocross/Classic Dirt Track;
  • Changes for Classic and Post Classic Championship and Competition classes
  • Addition of Pre-95 classes
  • Fuel
Enduro;
  • Junior endorsements
  • Changes to number plate dimension and colour
  • Change to age of EJ Championship Class
  • Enduro format ? course length
All-Terrain Vehicles;
  • General eligibility relating to protective clothing and equipment
Speedway;
  • Competition classes
  • Minimum Championship numbers
  • Selection for Australian Speedway Championship
  • Dirt deflectors
  • Sidecar underpan

Dirt Track/Track;

  • Starting and stopping events
Supermoto;
  • Jump Starts
Trial;
  • Changes for Championship and Competition Classes
  • Penalties in competition
  • Radio communication no longer allowed
Minikhana;
  • Rider grading
  • Rider identification and number plates
  • Changes to courses

 
Rule changes effective from:
1st January 2018
 
For any enquires contact Liz Kinderis on (03) 9684-0512 or via email: rules@ma.org.au 

Gillman Speedway Stadium will host the 2018 FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecars World Cup

Fri, 08/12/2017 - 2:48pm
Gillman Speedway will play host to a 2-day sidecar extravaganza with riders from Australia, England, New Zealand and America all battling it out over the weekend, with Saturday night being the FIM Oceania Championship and Sunday night being the FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup.

?We are really proud to host the 2018 FIM 1000cc Speedway World Cup for the third consecutive year and as a club we are really looking forward to it, as we are anticipating a great crowd at both the FIM 1000cc Speedway World Cup and the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship,? Said Speedway Riders Association of South Australia club president Ivan Golding.

Former multiple FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup winner Darrin Treloar is excited to see Gillman host the world cup for a third consecutive year, and in 2018 he is expecting a hotly contested field as the internationals keep improving.

?The 2018 FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup will be an exciting spectacle for the fans as we have some serious talent out on the track, and the England and New Zealand riders spend so much time riding on Australian tracks that they have bridged the gap and will be pushing for podium positions.?

Australian Warren Monson will be returning as the defending champion for both the FIM Speedway Sidecar Oceania Championship and FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup.

?I?m excited to get back to Gillman Speedway Stadium and next year the competition will be better than ever so ill have to be at my best to replicate my 2017 results.?

To keep up to date on all things Speedway visit www.australianspeedwaychampionship.coma.au, Like us on Facebook or visit www.ma.org.au. Photo courtesy Rachelle Wilkinson

ASBK WELCOMES FIM ASIA ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN UNDER IN 2018

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 12:53pm

This is a great development for ASBK and shows the championship is on the rise and is grabbing attention from all over the world. Motorcycling Australia (MA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Doyle couldn?t be happier with the expansion of the championship and knows just how much work has gone in to bring ARRC to our shores.

?Bringing the ARRC to Australia is something that has been in MA?s plans since 2014 and to finally get them is a huge boost for our ASBK championship. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and this has just topped off what was a great 2017 season for ASBK as we reached new levels with audiences via attendance, Television and live streaming.?

Former World Superbike Champion and ASBK ambassador Troy Bayliss echoed MA CEO Peter Doyle?s positivity about ARRC joining ASBK in South Australia.

?Having Australia join the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship will provide another pathway for Australian riders to compete at an international level which is fantastic for the development of the sport.?

MA aren?t the only ones over the moon about ASBK and ARRC coming together, South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell has branded the round three race meeting an Australasian moto extravaganza.

?When you combine ARRC with a round of the Australian Superbike Championship it creates a 4-day Australasian moto extravaganza that is expected to attract more than 30,000 people to the Murraylands tourism region and inject over $7 million into the South Australian economy.?

The event will be staged on the newly constructed state-of-the-art, world class 4.9 kilometre International Circuit with 18 turns that has been constructed to international FIM Category A standards.

?I am super-excited to finally be able to compete in Australia?s premier national superbike championship (ASBK) in front of a home crowd at The Bend Motorsport Park,? said local South Australian ASBK young-gun Daniel Falzon.

The inaugural event to takes place on 19-22 April 2018. Tickets will go on sale on 12 December through thebend.com.au.

For more information and to stay up to speed with all the exciting announcements head to the ASBK website, like ASBK on Facebook and follow @asbk on Instagram.

Photo Courtesy of Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) and The Bend Motorsport Park

2017 Australian Track Championship heads to Oakburn Park Speedway

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 9:37am

Entries for the championship have been coming from far and wide, with several overseas riders heading to Tamworth to take on our Aussie talent and take out the number one plate.

World class talent will take to the Oakburn Speedway Complex with former sidecars World Champion Darrin Treloar teaming up with Jesse Headland to go head to head against Andrew Buchanan and Denny Cox.

The solo class won?t be outdone with Australian speedway champion Sam Masters taking on his Aussie team mate Nick Morris, whilst young guns Jarred Brook, Max Whale and Cam Donald will be hot on their heels. 

Paul Slade President of the Tamworth Motorcycle Club can?t wait to watch the riders let loose on the big Oakburn Park Speedway.

?We (Tamworth MCC) are very happy with the entries so far for the 2017 Australian Track Championships, and when we let them loose on the big oval (Oakburn Park Speedway) this will be a meeting you don?t want to miss.?

For more information about the 2017 Australian Track Championships jump on the Motorcycling Australia Website, MA Facebook page or contact Paul Slade on 0428103319.

Photo Courtesy of Photo Courtesy of Tamworth Motorcycle Club

 

ASBK set to thrill WSBK in 2018

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 12:40pm
The addition of the YMF R3 Cup has given the opening round of the season a shake up and a new look, but one thing that won?t change is the bar to bar racing we see out on the track.  ?With the continued success of the combined WSBK and ASBK formula kicking off both championships it made sense to expand a proven formula and open up the opportunity to yet another fantastic ASBK class,? explained Motorcycling Australia Operations Director Martin Port.

?The addition of the YMF R3 Cup completes the pathway for young and fresh talent to shine on an international stage. This could only have been achieved with the full support and vision of Phillip Island Operations (PIO) Managing Director Fergus Cameron.?

?The 2017 season opener resulted in the biggest grid numbers across the Superbike, Supersport and Supersport 300 classes have been seen in over a decade. It also provided some of the most competitive racing. 2018 promises to an even bigger year!?

Fergus Cameron Managing Director PI SBK shared his delight with the announcement.

 "PI SBK are delighted with the announcement of the Support Classes for the Yamaha Finance round of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship February 23 -25.  The support class racing has delivered some absolutely thrilling racing in the past few years and we expect this to continue in 2018 from the Aussie Superbike, Supersport, Supersport 300 and now the YMF R3 Cup guys and girls. Kicking off Round 1 of the ASBK championship provides a great synergy with the world series and has all the riders at the top of their game keen to impress.  The addition of the YMF R3 Cup is a great way to support the development of the sport in Australia and we can?t wait to see it all come together next February.? 
 
It's all adding up to a spectacular round of on-track bike action between the four ASBK classes competing at the Round 1 ? WSBK at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

For further information about the ASBK, please visit the official ASBK website and be sure to be kept in the loop by liking and following the ASBK Facebook page and @asbk on Instagram.

2018 ASBK Calendar                                                                            

Pre-Season Official ASBK Test - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC January 30 - 31
Round 1- WSBK, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC                            February 22 - 25
Round 2- Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW                              March 16 - 18
Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA                         April 19 - 22 
Round 4- Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT                                       June 28 - 1 July
Round 5- Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD                                     August 17 - 19
Round 6- Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC                                     September 7 - 8
Round 7- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC                                     October 12 - 14

For more information and to stay up to speed with all the exciting announcements head to the ASBK website, like the ASBK on Facebook and follow @asbk on Instagram.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Gosling - tbg Photography 



Motorcycling Australia Announces 2018 Events Calendar

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 2:46pm
Following on from an action packed and highly entertaining 2017 race season across each MA sanctioned disciplines, 2018 will surely be a year not to be missed.

Included in the schedule are national and international races and events for road racing, enduro, motocross, supercross, speedway, trials, track, ATV and more!

The provisional release of this calendar is your chance to start preplanning your successful and exciting 2018 race season from January to December.

Several events scheduled in the calendar are subject to finalisation and are listed as ?TBA?. MA will endeavour to quickly confirm dates and locations of the affected events and update the 2018 calendar as soon as practical.

Click here to be taken straight to the 2018 MA Events Calendar.

For any queries you may have in relation to the 2018 MA Events Calendar, please do not hesitate to contact MA for further assistance.
 
-ENDS-

Media Contact:
Cohen McElroy
Motorcycling Australia
Media and Public Relations 
p: 0425 112 344
mediapr@ma.org.au

2018 ASBK Calendar Goes Full Throttle!

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 1:53pm
The ASBK season will be kicking off at Phillip Island for the Official ASBK Pre-Season Test before the championship starts in earnest at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The ASBK opening round will run in conjunction with the Yamaha Financial Services World Superbike Championship (WSBK) Australian Round from 22-25 February. The national championship then returns to its first standalone round of the year at the iconic Wakefield Park Raceway in New South Wales.
In a groundbreaking announcement, The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia will be joining the calendar in 2018. ASBK is very excited to be heading to this brand-new, state-of-the-art, world-class motorsport facility, delivering an exhilarating experience for competitors, enthusiasts and spectators alike.
 
After the massive success of Hidden Valley Raceway in 2017, the Northern Territory will once again play host to the ASBK Championship in the ?Top End? for 2018. ASBK intends on returning to Hidden Valley Raceway every second year onwards.
The paddock will then travel to fan favourite, Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland, where strong crowds have greeted the ASBK riders every year. The penultimate round will be held at Winton Motor Raceway, which has a long history with the ASBK in Victoria. If last season is anything to go by, the 2018 ASBK championship will reach a thrilling conclusion at the world renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
The rapid growth of the championship will ensure even more action-packed racing next season. Keeping up with unfolding race action will be easier than ever before, with continuing live stream and television broadcasts, news from asbk.com.au and comprehensive social media coverage.
  
With the nation?s most elite riders, near capacity grids, top notch television and live stream coverage plus engaging high-octane racing on display, ASBK is going to the next level in 2018. 2018 ASBK Calendar                                                                             Pre-Season Official ASBK Test - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC January 30 - 31 Round 1- WSBK, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC February 22 - 25 Round 2- Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW  March 16 - 18 Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA  April 19 - 22  Round 4- Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT      June 28 - 1 July Round 5- Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD    August 17 - 19 Round 6- Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC    September 7 - 9 Round 7- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC   October 12 - 14

Motorcyclists asked to have their say on road safety

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 12:17pm

Riders and enthusiasts can help steer the future direction of the Motorcycle Safety Levy program, by participating in the 2017 Motorcycle Safety Survey. 

The Motorcycle Safety Levy was introduced in 2002 in response to the increasing number of a motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured.  

Since 2002, $75 million in levy funds have been committed to dedicated on-road and non-road motorcycle safety projects, including more than 194 road improvement projects at identified motorcycle blackspots.

The projects funded from the levy are over and above the annual motorcycle safety programs conducted by the TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police.

Safe System Road Infrastructure Program Director, Bryan Sherritt, said the feedback would help VicRoads determine how funds from the Motorcycle Safety Levy should be used across regional and metropolitan Victoria.

?We want to hear the views of motorcyclists on their biggest safety issues, so we can deliver improvements that will prevent motorcyclist being seriously injured or killed on our roads,? he said.

?The number of motorcyclists in Victoria is growing so it?s more important than ever that we work together to create safer roads in Victoria.?

TAC Lead Director Road Safety Samantha Cockfield said the survey would will provide important feedback on the major safety concerns that affect riders on the state?s road network.

?Too many people are killed and seriously injured in motorcycle crashes on Victorian roads and the Motorcycle Safety Survey is one way to help improve road safety for riders so that one day we can reach a point where everyone gets to their destination safely,? she said.

The Victorian Government?s Towards Zero Action Plan aims to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in deaths and 15 per cent reduction in serious injuries on our roads by 2020. It is being delivered in partnership between the TAC, VicRoads, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The survey will be available via the VicRoads website(External link) and from VicRoads offices across the state from today and will run until 15 December.

Image Source: TAC (Traffic Accident Commission)

Motorcyclists asked to have their say on road safety

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 9:59am

Riders and enthusiasts can help steer the future direction of the Motorcycle Safety Levy program, by participating in the 2017 Motorcycle Safety Survey. 

The Motorcycle Safety Levy was introduced in 2002 in response to the increasing number of a motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured.  

Since 2002, $75 million in levy funds have been committed to dedicated on-road and non-road motorcycle safety projects, including more than 194 road improvement projects at identified motorcycle blackspots.

The projects funded from the levy are over and above the annual motorcycle safety programs conducted by the TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police.

Safe System Road Infrastructure Program Director, Bryan Sherritt, said the feedback would help VicRoads determine how funds from the Motorcycle Safety Levy should be used across regional and metropolitan Victoria.

?We want to hear the views of motorcyclists on their biggest safety issues, so we can deliver improvements that will prevent motorcyclist being seriously injured or killed on our roads,? he said.

?The number of motorcyclists in Victoria is growing so it?s more important than ever that we work together to create safer roads in Victoria.?

TAC Lead Director Road Safety Samantha Cockfield said the survey would will provide important feedback on the major safety concerns that affect riders on the state?s road network.

?Too many people are killed and seriously injured in motorcycle crashes on Victorian roads and the Motorcycle Safety Survey is one way to help improve road safety for riders so that one day we can reach a point where everyone gets to their destination safely,? she said.

The Victorian Government?s Towards Zero Action Plan aims to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in deaths and 15 per cent reduction in serious injuries on our roads by 2020. It is being delivered in partnership between the TAC, VicRoads, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Department of Health and Human Services .

The survey will be available via the VicRoads website(External link) and from VicRoads offices across the state from today and will run until 15 December.

Photo Courtesy of TAC (Traffic Accident Comission)

Preston Motorcycle Club to host Shannons Insurance Australian Historic Road Racing Championship in 2018

Wed, 29/11/2017 - 4:49pm
The AHRRC will race around the Broadford State Motorcycle complex across four days, beginning with practice on Thursday, 8 November, qualifying on Friday and races over the weekend concluding on Sunday, 11 November.
Preston Motorcycle Club President, Bruce Hill is excited to run the Historic Championship for the first time and is looking forward to the challenge of a different event.
?We (Preston Motorcycle Club) in conjunction with Motorcycling Victoria (MV) are excited to be giving the opportunity to run the event,? Bruce shared. ?It?s unique to our usual event we normally run for the Victorian Road Race Championship. This is the first time we have been involved with the Historic Road Racing Championship and we couldn?t be any more thrilled!?
A major focus of Hill and his team is to make the AHRRC spectator and family friendly.
?We plan to make this event as successful as possible, we are concentrating on getting spectators to the event with Fridays qualifying being free for spectators, and then it?s just $10 a day on Saturday and Sunday for adults, children are free all weekend,? Bruce finished.
Shannons Insurance have agreed to be the title sponsor for the Australian Historic Road Racing Championship at Broadford, in a major boost to the event.
For more information on the Preston Motorcycle Club head to https://prestonmcc.org.au

Stay up to date on the AHRRC via social media on https://www.facebook.com/AHRRC/

#MarshalWithMates Become a WSBK Volunteer Official!

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 12:43pm
#MarshalWithMates is all about bringing along a friend to join in and participate as a volunteer official. Should you know anyone that would have an interest in being a WSBK Official, spreading the word can make all the difference.   
The opportunity to officiate in one of the motorsport world?s best events is certainly a chance not to be missed for passionate road racing fans. Officials can enjoy the unique experience of being an integral part of an international race meeting featuring some of the biggest stars in motorcycle racing.
 
Do you want to begin your career as a motorsport volunteer official? Then come and join the team of volunteer officials. Whether you have motorsport experience or not, new officials are always welcome to apply. New officials are trained and supported by other experienced officials within their assigned team and will develop friendships that will last a life time!
 
If you are a motorsport enthusiast and would like to join in on the action, or know of a suitable candidate, then why not register to become a volunteer official, please head to http://worldsbk.com.au/volunteer-officials and register.  
To keep up to date with all the information head to www.ma.org.au, like Motorcycling Australia on Facebook or follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

MWA Women Win FIM Highest Award in Andorra, Spain  

Mon, 27/11/2017 - 1:03pm
Now, the program has been recognised by the FIM as the best in the world.  At the annual FIM Gala Night held today in Andorra, Spain in front of the whole motorcycling world the Women?s Program was selected as the winner of the FIM Women in Motorcycling Award from a very strong group of finalists from around the world.  The FIM Women in Motorcycling Award aims to recognise, reward and celebrate those, individuals or organisations, who have significantly contributed to improve the presence of women at all levels.  Candidates for the Award seek to help women to be increasingly valued and included in the motorcycling world, by cooperating and creating opportunities such as women-only competitions and ?have-a-go? events and by promoting role models. They develop sport and activities for women, thereby opening the motorcycling world to all. The MWA Women?s Program has in the past few years performed exceptionally in all these areas. With numerous Come & Try programs, women only coaching, and advocacy at all levels from club to state for inclusive opportunities for girls and women, participation has more than trebled for females.  The way the program works is down to a few core principles: The drive of the volunteer committee to ensure participation opportunities are available and promoted; the willingness of clubs and promoters to see the vision of the committee and provide women?s class racing, or to make available venues for coaching and Come & Try; mentoring and encouragement of participants; and the women, girl?s, parents and partners who have stuck with, and supported the committee by voting with their feet and turned up to ride in numbers. Motorcycling Western Australia's CEO Rick Gill commented, ?MWA has long held the vision that with 50% of the population being female, Women?s motorcycle sport should be much bigger and less male dominated than it has been. With a dedicated committee who simply refuse to take ?no? for and answer a lot of potential has been realised with real results. I believe this is just the beginning of a positive growth period for women?s motorcycle sport?. As finalists, MWA Women?s Chair Tracy Simpson, and committee member Chelsea Blakers travelled to Spain to be at the FIM Gala to represent the MWA Women?s Committee. Tracy said shortly after accepting the award ?It is an honour to receive the FIM Women in Motorcycling award in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the MWA women's committee and the achievement of outstanding results and outcomes for women and girls in motorcycling in Western Australia. This award not only recognises the work of the committee, but the support of the whole organisation, from the President and Board of MWA, to the CEO and staff, to all the club committees, promoters, volunteers and riders. This award will certainly support us in going forward to continue to achieve our goals  and our aim to implement the program nationally.?.  This was re-enforced by MWA President Peter Clark who said ?What started as a vision by some very dedicated people has transformed in to a world winning program for women in motorcycling. This shows with dedication and commitment how things can grow and be rewarded. This is not just a win for our Women?s Committee but it is a win for all of our clubs, all of our riders and coaches and to everyone else who has contributed to the success of the Women?s Program in WA. I would like to congratulate the dedicated Committee that made this possible.? Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle, who was also at the ceremony added: ?On behalf of all Motorcycling Australia we congratulate the MWA Women?s committee on their outstanding achievement. They continue to drive participation and growth and are a great example for all to follow when it comes to including Women in Motorcycle Sport?. That the nomination for the highest award the FIM offer for women?s sport development is so sought after is reflected in the quality of the applicants. The 10 finalists were: Kiara Fontanesi (ITA) Women?s Motocross Rider ? 5 times WMX World Champion. Leslie Porterfield (USA) Landspeed and Circuit Racing ? A mentor involved in motivational speaking and working with charities. She works with many organizations promoting motorcycle awareness, especially women and motorcycling. As an ambassador to women and riding, she aims at breaking barriers and inspiring women and kids. Female Track Day in Dubai ? Sabah Mukri (UAE) Aims to create and organise the first ever female only track day in Dubai with the objective to encourage female riders to ride on track and have a safe and fun experience. Toutes en Moto ? Female Motorcycling Association (SUI) A not-for-profit association based in Geneva that organizes a large annual event to draw attention to and defend Women?s Rights by using motorcycles as an example of emancipation, independence, freedom and dignity. Their motto is ?Ride/Drive our lives?. Women?s Commission ? Portuguese Federation (FMP) (POR) The commission has five main objectives: 1) represent the interest of female riders and encourage more participation; 2) raise awareness among female riders; 3) encourage more female riders to join the competition; 4) organize events to promote women?s participation; 5) organize specific female only events. Missbiker ? Community (ITA) The objectives are: 1) to promote motorcycling among women and increase women?s presence both in touring & leisure as well as in competition; 2) encourage industry (manufacturers etc.) to provide better products and services to female riders; 3) create a network and community as well as organizing events, trainings etc. Alan Critcher (UK) Alan Critcher is a speedway enthusiast involved in promoting and raising the profile of female speedway riders around the world. He took part in a riding tour ?Ladies Day? across UK to help promote women in Motorsport. He sponsored female Speedway riders to rife at various tracks around England (Carley Gittus AUS, Hayley Perrault USA, Micaela Bazan ARG?) Enduro Xperience Da Mulher ? Women?s Enduro Experience (BRA) The main goal is to encourage and support women to participate in FIM standard Enduro and Off-road competition, to offer to newcomers a welcoming and helpful environment, with guidance on the rules and help on the sections, empowering them and making them feel confident to participate in competitions. Girls Racing Team ? Female only Endurance Team The team?s objective is to be a ?role model? and attract more female riders to Endurance. The results achieved by this female only Endurance Team show that it is possible for female riders to take part in this very demanding competition and discipline. It sets an example for other female riders who are looking to take part in competition. Women?s Committee (West AUS) The MWA Women?s committee was established in 2014 with the objective to promote and build women?s/girls participation in motorcycle sport in Western Australia, as riders, volunteers, coaches and officials , to advocate on behalf of women/girls with promoters/clubs/state for opportunity and recognition, and to build social capital and support networks amongst participants to encourage longevity in the sport. JURY Ms Erin Sills (USA) Landspeed world record holder Mr Alex Hofmann (GER) Former Grand Prix Rider and MotoGP commentator Ms Martine de Cortanze (FRA) Former Rally and Enduro Rider and 2015 FIM Woman Legend Ms Tomo Igata (JAP) Former Grand Prix rider and 2016 FIM Woman Legend Mr Pedro Venturo-Markoch (PER) FIM Latin America President Ms Nita Korhonen (FIN) CFM Director

Plans for Victoria?s Newest and Most Exciting Motorsport Precinct Revealed

Mon, 27/11/2017 - 10:37am
 
The $21.8 million project, planned for north west Victoria, near Mildura, is shovel-ready and will include as part of Stage 1:
  • a three-kilometre bitumen race circuit
  • multi-use skid pan
  • pit facilities
  • control tower and office facilities
Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) Chief Executive Officer Eugene Arocca and multiple V8 Supercars champion and motorsport industry expert Mark Skaife (OAM) were among those at this week?s event, throwing their support behind the project, as well as our own local heroes Cameron and Josh Waters.
 
They highlighted the ideal timing for such a facility, siting the perfect storm of both the shortage and increasing demand for race tracks in Victoria and the ongoing and significant growth in motorsports across the country.
 
Describing the project as ?an outstanding return on investment? for potential investors, Mr Arocca said the initiative had the backing of Australia?s peak industry body.
 
?It?s a very unique opportunity, investors out there, private or government, really need to look at this and embrace it. We couldn?t be happier to have been involved almost from day one,? he said.
 
Mr Skaife meanwhile highlighted the demand and popularity of motorsport facilities in Australia at the moment.
 
?Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island ? you pay in excess of $15,000 a day, and you cannot get on,? he said, indicating the number of drivers and riders who utilise these and other motorsport facilities each weekend.
 
Both spoke about the emergence of regional centres like Mildura as the future for motorsport facilities given the expense of developing similar projects in metropolitan areas, making the Mildura Motorsports and Community Precinct even more attractive to potential investors.
 
The planned location for the Mildura facility puts it in the heart of not only one of Australia?s most prolific producers of motorsport champions and associated support industries, but in an ideal position in terms of climate and transport routes.
 
Mildura sits at the crossroads of the Calder and Sturt Highways between Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, as well as boasting airport facilities and flights to major metropolitan centres, making it ideal for race team testing, vehicle club day events and competition events.
 
Its stable climate and abundance of dry, rain-free days, also makes it an ideal testing facility for race teams and manufacturers.
 
While the first, shovel-ready stage of the complex will be a major project in its own right, the broader, longer term project, which would be completed under a staged approach, would incorporate speedway, jet sprint boats, karting and drag racing facilities, making it one of the only complexes of its type in the country to offer such an all-in-one motorsport venue.
 
With a completed business case and investment prospectus, the next stage for this exciting facility is securing government and private investment to make it a reality.
 
For more information or how to become involved visit www.mildura.vic.gov.au/Council/Major-Projects/Mildura-Future-Ready
 

Tayla Relph Impresses at FIM Asia Cup of Road Race in India

Thu, 23/11/2017 - 3:40pm
?It has been a very busy few months getting everything organised for this trip, but I am so happy the plan came together in the end," Relph said. "It is crazy to think at the beginning of this year my chances of racing were very slim, but with the help of two amazing companies, my club The Motorcycle Sportsmen of QLD, North Star Yamaha and Dave Fuller, I was given the chance to race a Yamaha YZF-R3 for the entire year. If it wasn?t for these people coming together to help me out, I definitely wouldn?t have been considered for this ride in India, so first off I would like to say a massive thank you to them! 

 
?I found out about this trip only four weeks ago, so it was definitely a mad rush getting all paperwork and passports sorted out, but luckily everything came together in the end. I was very impressed by the track and the event on arrival! Luckily, MA's CEO Peter Doyle and President Pete Goddard managed to organise a ride day at Eastern Creek on the GSX-R150 before I left, which I am extremely grateful for. Having the opportunity to ride on the same spec bike that I would be racing overseas gave me a great head start and confidence boost leading to my international debut. 
 
?Friday practice saw two 20-minute practice sessions, followed by one 20-minute qualifier. Throughout the first practice session, I spent this time thoroughly learning the track, playing with different braking markers and lines to see what worked best for the little 150. We had a plan in qualifying to go out first, so the faster riders would pass and I would be able to follow them, as this seemed to work in the practice sessions. Unfortunately, at the start of the qualifying session I was riding with no one in front of me and with the Buddh International Circuit being 5.1km long, having a slipstream was vital in getting a good lap time. We managed to finish this qualifying session in 10th position with a time of 1:56.7, also putting me fourth in the Asia Cup of Road Race Championship. 

 
?Come Saturday, I was happy with how I was progressing on the circuit and my knowledge of the bike. We had a 10-minute warm-up before our race, but due to rain our session was cut short. We had a dry six lap race late in the afternoon and I was very nervous for my first international race, I had absolutely no idea what to expect or what the riders race craft was like. When you have raced against the same people in Australia for a long time, you know what to expect from every rider and generally know their strengths, weaknesses and level of aggression; so when you?re lining up with riders who you have not raced with before, it?s a very nerve racking!
"I had a good start, but unfortunately positioned myself on the outside of all the riders which left me with a bad run on the back straight. I made a few small mistakes in the opening three laps which really set me back during the race, getting stuck with a group of slower riders that I wasn?t able to get a gap due to the back straight being so long and easy to be slipstreamed. I finished 12th overall in this race and 5th in the ACRR Championship. I understood what I did wrong in this race, and knew exactly where to improve for the next one. I knew I should have been with the leading pack, so I had to fight very hard to get there in the next race. 

 
?Sunday was the big race day, with over 30,000 spectators walking through the entry gates, filling the main straight grand stand. It was such an amazing atmosphere! I got off to a good start in my race, and my race plan worked a dream. I made sure to position myself on the inside of all riders at every corner, so I was not getting pushed wide or pushed off the track like I did in race one. We made phenomenal ground on the first lap, making up seven positions on the grid sitting me fifth overall. I had a good dice for sixth place and we were slowly chasing the leading pack, but with limited laps I couldn?t quite catch them. I was very happy to knock 1.3 seconds off my lap time from race one, and finish this race in seventh position overall and fifth in the ARRC. 

 
"With so many different countries being involved, the organisers also made a country championship. This championship was pointed with each country being in separate teams, the highest placed rider from each country was then awarded points. I was very happy to secure second place overall for Australia, with India finishing first, and Nepal finishing in third

 
"It was such an incredible experience and I would really like to thank MA and FIM for organising this. I would also like to thank the people who worked endlessly to finalise my paper work in a short amount of time and also somehow organise for me to ride a GSX-R150 in Australia before I left. I would like to say a massive thank you to MA?s Liz Galazkiewicz, Peter Doyle, Pete Goddard and my personnel sponsors Earmold Australia, Micks Fix Leather Repairs and The Grinning Dingo Clothing Co. for all that they did before I left!" Relph finished.

International Island Classic Bulletin

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 2:29pm
Organisation is well underway for the 25th anniversary of the AMCN International Island Classic welcoming Giacomo Agostini, Troy Corser and Colin Edwards to join in on the celebration. This bulletin is to inform all potential sidecar competitors that F2 Modern Sidecars will be eligible to compete in the Historic sidecar class for the 2018 event F2 Moderns Sidecars will run in the same class as the Period 1-5 Sidecars. A minimum of 20 Sidecars entries in total must be received in order for the class to run. Preference will be given to historic machines over modern machines. If the minimum number of combined machines is not achieved, the class will be cancelled and entry fees will be refunded. We look forward to a full grid of sidecars and some fantastic racing. Don?t forget, tickets are also on sale for the gala dinner on Friday night. So join us in celebrating the 25th Anniversary and enjoy interviews with some of the legends of our sport. Fergus Cameron
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Managing Director Peter Mitchell
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Race Organisation Committee 

#MarshalWithMates Become a WSBK Volunteer Official!

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 11:29am
#MarshalWithMates is all about bringing along a friend to join in and participate as a volunteer official. Should you know anyone that would have an interest in being a WSBK Official, spreading the word can make all the difference.   
The opportunity to officiate in one of the motorsport world?s best events is certainly a chance not to be missed for passionate road racing fans. Officials can enjoy the unique experience of being an integral part of an international race meeting featuring some of the biggest stars in motorcycle racing.
 
Do you want to begin your career as a motorsport volunteer official? Then come and join the team of volunteer officials. Whether you have motorsport experience or not, new officials are always welcome to apply. New officials are trained and supported by other experienced officials within their assigned team and will develop friendships that will last a life time!
 
If you are a motorsport enthusiast and would like to join in on the action, or know of a suitable candidate, then why not register to become a volunteer official, please head to http://worldsbk.com.au/volunteer-officials and register. 
To keep up to date with all the information head to www.ma.org.au, like Motorcycling Australia on Facebook or follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.
 

Patrick Li to Race in ARRC Round in Thailand

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 10:26am
Li?s will race with the Akeno Speed WJR racing team which is from Singapore and is also the same team that Anthony West raced in the ARRC this year. The Asia Road Racing Championship final round will be contested by Li and Broc Pearson who both competed in the ASBK this year. Li shared; ?I?ve known the team manager for a couple of years and I got a phone call offering for me to race in the final round of the ARRC. It?s a great opportunity and I can?t wait to get racing in an Asian championship. I?ll be competing in the Supersport class which is the series premier class. It?s a great championship with plenty of fast riders. ?Of course, this will be my first time on the Thailand circuit so it will be important to adapt to the track quickly. Many of the riders would have been on that track on multiple occasions so I will be playing catchup there. ?In terms of machinery, I?ll be racing on a Yamaha YZF-R6. The bike spec is different to the ASBK and is more similar to World SSP. The engine, tuning and ECU is different but the chassis is similar to ASBK. ?Broc Pearson will also be racing there this weekend in the 300?s, so it?s great to see multiple ASBK riders heading overseas to compete.? Li finished 

2017 Make Smoking History Australian Supermoto Championships Wrap Up

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 3:59pm
In the Supermoto Open class, German superstar Markus Class (125 points) had the perfect weekend to secure five wins on the trot. Andrew McLiesh (110 points) provided the greatest challenge to Class, finishing second in every race. Class managed to achieve comfortable margins in every race to earn a well-deserved Championship. Leigh Boujos (100 points) rounded out the top three, also managing to finish third in every single race.
 
The Supermoto Womens class was fantastic viewing for spectators and riders alike. There was no stopping last year?s champion, Jessica Boujos (125 points) who once again took a clean sweep. Stephany Kapilawi-James (102 points) finished on the podium multiple times to finish second in the points standings. Chelsea Blakers (97 points) finished second in the two final races to manage third overall. A total of 15 women over all classes, competed in the event.
 
Class (100 points) put on a true display of Supermoto talent by leading and winning all four races taking out the number one trophy and Australia?s Supermoto PRO Championship. Andrew McLiesh (88 points), earned himself the second-place trophy, narrowly holding out the hard charging Luke Davis (80 points) who came third.
 
The Supermoto Veterans class was the Leigh Boujos (125 points) show, as he displayed just what it takes by dominating the Veteran?s class, winning every race over the weekend. Bradley Trivett (108 points) displayed his true potential by taking out the second-place trophy, just ahead of Dean Taylor (98 points) in third place.
 
Jake Folini-Kearns (112 points) was the strongest rider in the Supermoto Clubman Class. Kearns rode superbly in the opening four races but slid down to sixth in the final. His results saw Kearns finish in front of Jamie Makin (96 points) and Michael McLiesh (95 points) in the final standings.
 
In the Postie Bike Challenge, Steven McQueen (125 points) once again showed his true talent to win all five races to the delight of the crowd. Ryan Woods (110 points) also showed consistency throughout the weekend by taking home second, just in front of a fast finishing Grant Roncevich (100 points).
 
Beau Erickson (119 points) was in strong form for the Mini Motard and took four out of five races. Erickson was just pipped to the finish line by Jarrad Woodland (116 points) in race five. Woodland and Ben Stevenson (88 points) completed top three in the points standings.
 
For the Supermoto Junior Lites, Ryan Moscardini (119 points) took three victories to secure the most points of the Junior Lites. Jethro Carriage (111 points) and Lucas Quinn (105 points) finished second and third respectively. All three Juniors managed to secure at least one victory.
Full results and times are available on the MyLaps Speedhive website.
 
To learn more about Supermoto, click here Supermoto WA Facebook Page
Photo credit: 
True Spirit Photos
 

2017 GP Juniors Concludes at Round 6 Broadford

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 1:35pm
The racing was very entertaining during the three heats, as the youngsters put on superb demonstrations of their riding talents. The weekend also saw several riders make their debut in the series. In the 70cc category Josh Kane, Cros Francis and Toby James took to the track for their initiation in road racing, (James on his KTM dirt bike fitted with road tyres) while Michael Clair fronted up on his Honda in the 160cc class for the first time. Luke Power was dominant from the outset and grabbed pole position on his APT Wealth Moriwaki 80cc machine with Cros Francis surprising many to be second fastest on his RMU 70cc, with Josh Kane (Honda RS70) rounding out the front row.  In the GP Juniors Cup for the Yamaha R15 machines, series leader, Tom Edwards continued his excellent form to be fastest from the ever improving 12-year-old, John Lytras (Caboolture Yamaha) with another 13-year-old, Harry Khouri (Excite Motorsport Penrith / 160 Store All Self Storage Windsor) increasing his pace and becoming more confident with every outing, in third.   In the opening leg, Power set the scene from the time the lights went out, clearing off into the distance on his two-stroke machine from Francis, who got off to a flyer, however it was that good he was pinged for a jump start. The nerves of his first race likely getting the better of him.  Zylas Bunting settled into a lonely third, while behind him there was a great stoush between the two and four stroke machines of Reece Oughtred (Carl Cox Motorsports Metrakit 85cc), Edwards, Lytras Kane and Khouri with 10-year-old Glenn Nelson (Shark Leathers Metrakit 70cc) being in the mix in the opening few laps. This bunch were all over each other as positions changed on a regular basis, and at every turn their race craft techniques improved.  At the chequered flag flew, Power won the overall race by a comfortable margin and put in his fastest race lap of the weekend on his final lap. Even with his jump start penalty, Francis remained second with Bunting third across the line.   While the leading trio had a rather lonely race, the duel mid pack was the real focus of attention with five bikes separated by just over a second with a lap to go, but such was the intensity that a couple of minor mistakes in the battle on the final lap broadened the gap a little more with Oughtred claiming fourth by a few tenths of a second from Edwards, who was the first R15 across the line, from Lytras and Khouri who were side by side across the line, with Lytras getting the nod for sixth by just 0.087s!  The second and third legs were virtual carbon copies of the first, although Francis was a non-starter on the Sunday, as his family had to return to Sydney for work commitments, but the youngster has been bitten by the bug.   In leg two, Power again headed into the distance to increase his race lead by nearly two seconds a lap but there was plenty of action behind him. Bunting and Oughtred were locked in a battle for second in the opening laps, however Oughtred made a mistake on the third lap to have an off-track excursion and dropped back to the tail of the field.   Meanwhile the battle for the minor placings continued at an intense rate, with the positions changing constantly. Kane, Edwards, Lytras and Khouri were all over each other and the quality of racing was belying their young years. Kane broke away after three laps, but Khouri Ltyras and Edwards were engaged in a terrific battle and each had a turn at the lead. In the end, Edwards led them across the line from Lytras and Khouri. The trio virtually side by side less than three tenths of a second, the difference between them.  Power had another lonely race at the front on his rapid 80cc machine to have a five second lead after the opening lap as the battle behind was between five riders. Kane, Bunting, Edwards, Khouri and Lytras were line astern in the straights, trying to slipstream each other but virtually side by side through the technical corners of Broadford. It was certainly enthralling racing.   Khouri ran off as the fourth lap commenced, which broke the other quarter ever so slightly, but it didn't stop the action as the younger brigade were not worried about the reputation and experience of Edwards as it went to the flag. Josh Kane crossed the line in second from Bunting, Edwards, Oughtred and Lytras. Kane was later penalised for a jump start dropping him down the order. It was excellent competition with all of the competitors receiving a round of applause from the onlookers as they finished the race. The level of competition proved that there is plenty of hidden talent ready to move through the ranks of racing in Australia.   An overview of the 2017 season will be released shortly with a full points breakdown. Round points for Broadford. GP Juniors Round Points 1. Edwards 75 2. Lytras 60 3. Khouri's 53 4. Clair 52 85cc 1 Luke Power (Vic) 75 2 Zylas Bunting NSW)  60 3 Reece Oughtred (Vic) 54  

40 Years of Gifts for Families in Need from the Bikers Toy Run

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 4:07pm
Now in their milestone 40th year, on Sunday 3rd December the Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run hopes to attract over 10,000 riders and enthusiasts from all over the east coast of Australia and beyond. This is a far cry from their contingent of 20 bikes in the commencing 1978 event and a testament to motorcycle community?s fierce and ongoing passion for supporting those less fortunate.
Through the Newcastle Toy Run, a diverse group of motorcycling enthusiasts, as well as the general public and local business owners are given the opportunity to build awareness, collectively donate toys, or raise much-needed funds for distribution to needy children and families. 
?This can be a really stressful time of year for people, especially parents. Knowing that we have the ability to help so many children throughout the Hunter who are in need is an absolute rush. It?s why we keep doing what we are doing,? said Bikers for Kids chairman-elect, Daryn Young. 
The Bikers For Kids Newcastle Toy Run has contributed significantly to The Salvation Army Hunter Christmas Appeal for more than three decades, with over $250,000 worth of toys and donations generated. Divisional Social Liaison Officer from The Salvation Army, Major Christine Martin, explained the impact of the event was wide reaching.
?We are immensely grateful for the generous support provided by this iconic event and the many thousands of riders that take part. Through the donation of funds and toys, we are able to directly assist local families in their time of need and we simply couldn't do this without Bikers For Kids and community support. We extend heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to Bikers For Kids and ride participants for this impressive 40 year anniversary,? said Major Martin.
Impressively, the Newcastle Toy Run is now the oldest annual event of its kind in Australia and the only RMS and police approved and escorted ride. Riders are encouraged to register for free via the website to go in the draw to win a host of prizes including tickets the Lighthouse Folk Festival, motorcycle merchandise and a private scenic joy flight. 
The Toy Run is an extraordinary sensory experience for people of all ages and backgrounds and the entire community is invited to get involved in the action and enjoy the arrival of bikes at the new end location Wickham Park, between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 3rd December. The Park will come alive with a massive donation point for unwrapped toys, a showcase of thousands of decorated motorcycles, roving entertainment, live music, market stalls to do your Christmas Shopping, a giant tug'o'war, amusements and activities for the kids, plenty of food and drink options, official merchandise, the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal Collection, the Sol Invictus Motorcycle Raffle Prize Draw and of course plenty of motorcycle information and accessories for sale.
The event itself also needs support to enable it to fulfil its purpose. This year The Toy Run urgently needs $15,000 of sponsorship from local and regional businesses before December to support the running of the event. As the event has grown rapidly in popularity, so too have the operating costs. 
?We are looking to hear from any organisation who is able to help and we'd love to make this our very best year yet. We are thankful for the support of Newcastle City Council and our existing partners and are lucky to be surrounded by a supportive, like-minded network. But we are very aware that some people aren?t that lucky, so if we can do our bit to help out we are going to continue to do so,? said Mr. Young. 
Online donations, rider registrations and more information can be found at newcastletoyrun.com.au

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