Is Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez speeding around racing tracks at 200mph are what your dreams are made of? Does putting your bike into gear set your pulses racing? If you have ticked both these boxes, its time you gave a serious thought to motor bike racing, if not as a professional on the circuits, at least on weekends on the tarmacs in your locality. However, you have to understand that motorbike racing is not like any other sport such as football or athletics as there are a whole lot of formalities that you have to go through before you can officially take your bike on to the tracks.
Here are a few guidelines for you to get you on your way.
- Type of racing – Decide first what type of motorbike racing that you want to get into as your training programmes and the required licences and permissions will depend on this alone. The first option is tarmac racing where you have to race on circuits a la Rossi. This requires special skill sets. You also have to be at a location where there is availability of suitable tracks for racing. In some places, you will also get temporary street circuits. The next type is dirt racing which again is a much specialised field. You should also have the specific type of bike to take part in such events. The last is rallying which will be ideal for you if your passion is riding true and hard for long distances over difficult terrains.
- Motorbike modification – Once you have chosen your area of interest, it will be time to get your motorbike ready. Fixing one authorised garage and service station in your locality for this will be ideal as they will know about the intricacies of your bike and tuning it up. For instance, contact experts in mechanical repairs in Point Cook if you happen to live in that locality. A service station for smash repairs in Point Cook will also be useful to repair damages to your bike that is almost certain to occur in the initial stages of your training. Choose the garage with care as your performance will largely depend on the response of your bike on the tracks.
- Join a club – Once your motorbike is ready for racing, you should join a motorbike racing club as you will not get a licence to race without doing so. The good news is that you will get hundreds of such clubs and the chances are that there will be one in your vicinity. There is no dearth of motorbike racing enthusiasts in the world and no dearth of clubs either. You will need the signature of a club official on the licence application. Usually, even if there is a waiting period for joining a club, an official will sign the application as soon as you apply to it.
- Getting a licence – For getting a licence, you have to complete a training programme which will consist of classroom training, a basic rider assessment and a practical assessment of riding ability. Once you have gone through the course, you can apply to the authorities for a Road Race licence. You will also have to attach an eyesight report as well as the unique code of your riding club. You will first be given a Novice and Intermediate licence and graduate to a Clubman licence after you have completed 10 races at a minimum of three circuits.
- Pick a class – There are a lot of classes of racing classes that you can opt for, starting from the 125cc class to 1200cc. For unrestricted driving in any class, you will need an Unrestricted “A” motorbike license.
Once you get through all these formalities what is left is to take your motorbike out, indulge your passion and set the tracks on fire.