Beginners Guide

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Disclaimer: the information on this site was accurate when written, but things change and you should always check the General Competition Rules (GCR’s) in the latest version of the Manual of Motorcycle Sport (MoMS) on the Motorcycle Australia website.

The Mallala Circuit
The Club conducts its races at Mallala Motorsport Park, 60 Kms north of Adelaide. Only a 45 minute drive from the CBD, take the Port Wakefield road and turn off at the signpost after Two Wells. The track is just past the town of Mallala (pronounced mal-a-lar). The 2.6 Km circuit is flat and has good viewing from vantage points around the track and the grandstands. Fuel may not be available at the track so make sure you bring enough. Catering is available but the circuit is not serviced by public transport, so if you are driving, please drink responsibly, and watch out for the radar on the way home. For more information on the Mallala circuit (map, facilities, etc) go to www.mallala.com

Drone video of the Mallala track.

Who can Ride?
Anyone over 12 who can ride a motorcycle can enter a race or a Junior coaching clinic.  If you’re under 18 then you will need your parents permission and signatures on the entry form.  (see our Juniors page)

Do I need a licence?
Yes, you need a competition licence issued by the sport’s controlling body. There are a number of different types of licence available dependent upon your requirements.

  • Recreation Licence is used for non competitive Ride Days.
  • One Event Licence can be used at Club and inter-club events.
  • National Competition Licence has no restrictions and can be used at any event.

See our page ‘Racing Licences’ for more information.

What happens if I fall off?
An accident can be your fault or someone else, the result is the same… you end up lying on the track next to your damaged bike. Flag Marshals will warn following riders to slow, minimizing the danger of a secondary incident. The track ambulance and pick up vehicles are standing by and can normally be with a fallen rider in under a minute. You will be taken to the track first aid center and, if you need to go to hospital, an ambulance will be called (at your expense). Your bike will be removed from the track and taken back to the pits.

  • You are not liable for anyone else’s damage or injury.
  • Your bike insurance won’t cover you on the race track – everyone has to fix their own damage.
  • Your competition license has an insurance component which covers you for death or permanent disablement.
  • We recommend that riders have personal income protection insurance.
  • Your health fund may provide ambulance cover, but it has limitations. We recommend you also have St John Ambulance membership.
  • Any bike and equipment involved in an accident must be re-examined before it can go back on the track.
  • Don’t come to the track alone. If you are injured or taken to hospital, you need someone get your bike/car/equipment home.

How do I enter a race?
You will need to complete an entry form.  These can be downloaded from the promoting club’s website and an online version should also be available.  Ideally, submit the entry form two weeks before entries close as there may be limits on the number of riders in each race.

What happens on race day?
At the track you will need to go through the sign in procedure in the pits. Riders who have not already been advised a racing numbers will be allocated one at this time, and numbers will be available for sale.

You then have to get your bike and equipment scrutineered.  This may take place in your pit garage or you may have to take everything to the scrutineering bay (you’ll find out on the day).  A scrutineer will check your machine and equipment to make sure it complies with the rules.  A sticker will be fixed to your helmet and machine to show that they have been checked and approved.

After scrutineering there will be a compulsory riders briefing. Here the Clerk of Course will run through the basic rules and any special conditions which may apply to the days racing. You will then sign a form to say you have attended the briefing.

Next there will be a practice session for you to begin learning the circuit. Practice is conducted in groups, so listen to the PA announcements in the pits for your session to be called up. You will go to the Pit Gate and wait to be let onto the track.  After practice, qualifying sessions will be held to determine your grid position with the fastest riders being placed at the front. For Bracket Racing, this also determines which group you will be placed in. Grid positions will be posted in the scrutineering bay and you will be expected to know your spot when you arrive at the start line.

 

Your races will be called up over the pit PA system, normally just as the previous race is finishing. This 3 minute warning gives time for riders to have a last minute check and get themselves to the Pit Gate in time for the start of their event.  When released, proceed around to the start line and stop at your grid position, then watch the Assistant Starter holding a red flag.  When the Starter thinks everyone is ready, they will point to the starting lights and leave the grid. When the red light goes out, you’re racing!  But don’t be too eager, there are penalties for jumping the start.

KEEP LISTENING to the pit PA system – if the program changes you might miss your race. If you are late for your race, you will be stopped at the Pit Gate and the Marshall will radio for approval to let you go. You may miss the first lap of the race.

 


Who’s in Charge?

Steward
The person with the supreme control of a race meeting. The Steward is Motorcycling Australia’s representative. The Steward has the power to enforce penalties and adjudicate over the rules. It is rare for competitors to have any dealings with the Steward as the actual running of the meeting is done by the Clerk of the Course.

Clerk of Course 
The Clerk of the Course is responsible to the Steward for the running of the meeting. The Clerk of the Course will ensure that the circuit is safe, the officials are at their posts and refer to the Steward those difficulties that cannot be resolved at a lower level. If you have any questions regarding safety, legality or the running of the races direct them to the Clerk of the Course.

Race Secretary
The person in charge of the administrative aspects of a meeting. Matters of entries and fees, grid positions, materials and equipment should be directed here.

Starter 
The Starter is responsible for the actual starting of the race as well as assessing the fairness of the start. He will decide if any riders ‘jump’ the start and inform the Clerk of the Course who will recommend any penalties. He may also declare a false start if someone is disadvantaged.

Judge 
The function of the judge is to declare the order in which the competing motorcycles cross the finishing line.

Flag Marshals 
Responsible for signalling race conditions and instructions to riders and providing initial safety assistance.

Grid Marshal
Ensures that the correct riders are on their appropriate row at the due time.

Scrutineers:
Responsible for determining the safety and eligibility of machines and riding gear


Want to know more about racing? This English site provides some helpful advice about bike preparation and racing tips. It’s a useful resource to visit on those boring office days. http://biketrackdayshub.co.uk/