Getting Started

Introduction to Racing

Welcome to the world of motorcycle sport.

Australia has a long and proud history of success in motorcycle sport and whether you take up the sport as a hobby or as a competitor, we hope you enjoy every minute of it.

Motorcycle sport is spectacular and great fun. You can make a career as a professional rider or just be an everyday racer who competes at club or state level. You decide just how serious you wish to make it or how fast you want to go.

There are different levels of competition and events to cater for everyone. Motorcycling Australia has an accredited coaching program which will help you achieve your goals.

This section of the website is designed to answer some of the questions you may have about starting out in motorcycle sport.

How do I get started?

Choose your discipline

Membership

What gear do I need?

How do I get a licence?

First Time applicant

Licence Categories

How do I enter a competition?

Supplementary regulations and entry forms

Competitors Code of conduct


How do I get started?

The first thing to do, once you have selected the discipline you wish to participate in, is to join a club. Your State Controlling Body will have a list of affiliated clubs, their location, the aims and goals of the clubs, the type of competition they promote and their social aspects.

Most clubs accommodate a number of activities although some specialise in one discipline. It certainly pays to visit the clubs that interest you and find out about them before you join.

Once you have learned the basics and feel your competency level is adequate you can take the next step and upgrade your equipment. Many clubs have a qualified coach as a member who can advise you when the time is right to proceed to the next level.

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Choose your discipline

The range of motorcycling disciplines is diverse enough to satisfy everybody. Choose from activities for motocross flyers, dirt trackers, speedway sliders, enduro fanatics, high speed road racers, historic racers, and observed trials experts. Local clubs can assist you in deciding which motorcycling discipline to participate in. All motorcycle disciplines cater for solos and some have side-car competition.

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Membership

Motorcycling Australia is the regulating body of motorcycle sport in Australia at a national level. It is supported by affiliate branches in each state of Australia. Each affiliate branch is responsible for the regulation of motorcycle sport in their state and is known as the State Controlling Body (SCB).

To become involved in any discipline of motorcycle sport you are required to register as a member with your SCB. You can find out more by contacting your state office.

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What gear do I need?

Like all sports, there are start up costs. To begin competition you will need a suitable motorcycle, and the appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, gloves, boots, goggles, visor, back protector and protective outfit.

Have a look at the "Manual of Motorcycle Sport" at www.moms.org.au. Check the section on Protective clothing in each discipline's segment.

It is important that the helmet you use fits you correctly and is in good condition. If your helmet has been in an accident get a qualified person, such as a coach or club expert, to look it over before you begin racing. You will not be allowed to compete if your helmet is not up to scratch.

When you have selected your motorcycle and safety equipment we suggest you contact the club coach or obtain a coaching contact list from your SCB or Club Secretary. A coach can advise you on the basic techniques and skills required for you to begin practicing. Don't forget physical fitness, diet and mental preparation also play a big part in how successful you are in your chosen sport. Motorcycling Australia's accredited coaches can assist you in all these areas.

Once you have your motorcycle, protective equipment, have followed the advice of your coach, trained and practiced you may feel you are ready to start racing. It is important, however, that you have a basic understanding of the rules of racing prior to competing and to obtaining your competition licence.

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How do I get a licence?

You don’t need a competition licence to be a member of a Club, but you will need one if you wish to participate as a rider or sidecar passenger in any competition. Once you have joined a club the club secretary can supply you with an application form and explain what you need to do to get a licence.

If you have medical insurance, make sure that it covers you for the cost of ambulance transport. If not, you must join an ambulance scheme as the cost of ambulance transportation is very expensive. Remember motorcycle sport can be dangerous and although we stress safety you may one day need the services of an ambulance.

It is also recommended that you check all your insurance policies to ensure that you are covered for racing your motorcycle rather than just riding it in a paddock or on the road. MA has a policy which covers licence holders for death and permanent disability. It does not cover weekly benefits for sickness or accidents. Juniors are eligible to have their student tutorial costs paid to a maximum of $250/week in the event they are injured and cannot attend school. Parents may also be eligible for an inconvenience allowance of $15/day.

There are a number of accident policies available to cover racing situations. It is recommended that you investigate insurance cover which will protect you from the loss of your earnings if you are injured.

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First Time applicant

State Controlling Bodies like Motorcycling NSW must be satisfied that first time licence applicants are capable of competently controlling a motorcycle before they issue a licence. This can be in the form of any one of the following:

Holder of a current road motorcycling licence.

Attendance at an accredited Training Course run by a State Government Authority.

Attendance at an SCB Accredited Training School.

Attendance at a course conducted by a MA accredited coach.

Endorsement by an official authorised by the club.

First time licence applicants must prove to the SCB that they have a basic knowledge of the rules relating to competition and competition protocol. Your knowledge will be tested in the form of a questionnaire based on this information.

To apply for a licence, click on New Member Login on the Home page and follow the prompts. You will need to include the following items with your form:

* Copy of your identification

* Proof of competency

* Proof of Club membership

If you are under the legal age your application must also be accompanied by the written authorisation of at least one of your parents or your legal guardian.

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Licence Categories

As a beginner you may like to obtain either of the following two categories of licences. These licences are offered at both junior and senior level; however, a junior must have their Junior Coaching Logbook with them to confirm their bike capacity endorsement.

Single Recreational Licence - This authorises the holder to compete in one (1) Recreational or Practice Meeting.

One Meeting Licence - This authorises the holder to compete in one (1) only "closed to club" or "inter-club" competition.

All junior riders must have a Junior Coaching Logbook. This is issued with all Mini and Junior Licences, or you may like to apply for one separately to use with individual one (1) day licences.

As your riding skills improve you are able to upgrade your licence to allow you to compete at a National or International level.

Mini - A Non-Competition licence, to develop riding skills and techniques for junior competitors. Riders aged between 4 and 7 years of age, must start off with a Mini licence.  In addition, Mini licenses are also utilised as the only junior recreational licence for riders between the age of 7 and 16 and for any person between 7 and 16 years of age participating solely in Minikhana.

Junior National - A Competition licence, allowing riders aged between 7 and under 16 years to compete at a National level.

COMPETITION LICENSEES CANNOT COMPETE AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THAT ENDORSED ON THEIR LICENCE

Senior National - A competition licence that allows riders 16 years and over to compete at a National level.

The holder of a junior licence must be aged under 16 years. For safety reasons juniors must not compete against seniors.

Your licence is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Please take notice of the expiry dates on both your licence and club membership and renew accordingly when due.

YOU MUST BE ISSUED WITH A LICENCE BEFORE YOU ENTER AN EVENT

You must take your licence (and Junior Coaching Logbook if you are a junior) with you to any race meeting at which you compete, as you will be required to produce a copy of it to the event officials. If you forget your licence you may not be able to race!

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How do I enter a competition?

All competitions are conducted according to the "Manual of Motorcycle Sport". This publication is issued annually and can be found at www.moms.org.au. The manual contains the General Competition Rules and other relevant information on motorcycle sport. These rules are designed to ensure fair and safe competition for all involved.

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Supplementary Regulations and Entry Forms

Supp Regs are produced by the club or promoter of an event to explain any additional rules that are relevant to the particular event. It contains an entry form for the event, the entry fee amount and the closing date and time for entries.

Supp Regs are usually available four to six weeks prior to an event. Entries must be returned by the stipulated time. Entries which are received late may not be accepted or a penalty may apply.

A calendar of events is available from your club secretary or may be found on this website.

You should also attend club meetings to find out about forthcoming races.

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Competitors Code of Conduct

Competitors are responsible for their own conduct as well as the conduct of any person associated with them, such as mechanic or manager.

Most officials have volunteered their services for the smooth, efficient and fair conduct of a meeting. Avoid arguing with an official. If you disagree with a ruling quietly check with the official on how the decision was reached.

Control your temper. Verbal and physical abuse of officials or other competitors, and deliberately distracting or provoking others is not acceptable or permissible behaviour.

Treat all competitors as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully, or take advantage of another participant.

Avoid the use of coarse or derogatory language.

Compete within your skill levels. Only try to extend these skills when there is no likelihood of danger to others, and personal risk is controlled.

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