To obtain a Competition Licence for Road Racing in WA : (minimum requirements to attend a tuning day)
Intending Solo Riders:
- Pre-Book into RidedaysWA Level 1 (first time / novice) online. A One Day Recreational Licence will be issued to you.
- Complete Level's 1 and 2 courses then can participate in Level 3 where you are eligible to be license tested.
You will need:
Your own machine - normal street bike from 250cc or above (no race prepping is required fo RidedaysWA courses) Suitable riding attire (ie full or two piece leathers/ sturdy boots/ helmet/ gloves) Leather gear can be hired at $50 for the day (pending availability and sizing) (Note once competing a back protector is compulsory) For all RidedaysWA Course information and booking details - refer to home page of web site www.mcrcwa.com.au.
Intending Sidecar Drivers and Passengers: Attend 2 to 3 Tuning Days prior to being “tested” by a registered Licence Tester. You will need: Own machine - For class and machine specifications see "Sidecar Info" under Competition. Suitable riding attire (ie full or two piece leathers/ helmet/ gloves) Sidecar driver and passengers may wear ankle length boots. Leather gear can be hired at $50 for the day (pending availability and sizing)
If you have recently held a MA Competition Licence (but it has expired more than 12 months ago): you will be required to attend a Tuning Day to retest prior to reapplying for your licence renewal and entering a race meeting. A One Day recreational Licence will be issued to you at sign-on / machine examination. Or if you currently hold a licence for motocross with an option for road racing you will be required to attend a Tuning Day and or Racecraft Course prior to entering your first race meeting.
LICENCE TESTING: Once you feel confident, you can “test” for your national MA Competition Licence. When booking and at sign on advise that you wish to ‘ licence test’. The “Test” involves a nominated licence tester/Coach to follow you on track for several laps observing race lines, cornering, braking. Following which you are required to complete a questionnaire on rules and requirements. You are required to be a member of the club to obtain a valid MA Competition Licence.
LICENCE PROCESSING: Licence application form and procedure information is issued by your licence tester. Once form is signed by Licence tester, Membership is verified, and yourself with all relevant requirements, application is forwarded to Motorcycling WA for processing of your MA National Licence (either solo or sidecar driver/ passenger). Licence will be mailed to you in approx. 7 to 10 days along with GCR’s (General Competition Rules) Manual of Motorsport rule book. Your allocated race number will be listed on the reverse side of the licence ie RR #
To process Licence you will require: Copy of birth certificate or extract, Ambulance Fund name and policy no. a completed and signed (by Coach) First Time Licence Testing application. If you are under 18 years of age – parent or guardian signature required.
MA Licence payment is to be made to Motorcycling WA – credit card/cheque/money order.
ISSUING OF A RACE NUMBER: Your allocated race number will be listed on the reverse side of the licence ie RR # For Road Racing (Modern) Race numbers are issued on a first come first served basis by Motorcycling WA. As Licences expired 12 months from date of issue, race numbers become available at varying intervals during the year. Solo numbers 1 to 10 are seeded numbers and Sidecar numbers 1 to 3 are also seeded (previous year's Championship placegetters). A "preferred" number can be requested in writing when submitting Application and if available will be issued. Race Number specifications : see GCR's Manual Motorsport Rule. 220.127.116.11
NOW YOU NEED TO ENSURE YOUR MACHINE IS RACE PREPPED and Eligible for the particular class you intend competing in.
For all General Eligibility refer to GCR's Chapter 13 and for Road Racing specific refer to Chapter 13E (pages 89 +)
All Info at www.ma.org.au
Minimum Requirements to attend Tuning Days For Rider with Competition License.
Also applies to Novice riders Club day – 1 day license holder MCRCWA
So you have got your Competition License (or completed both Novice and Advanced Ridedayswa courses in past 12 months and completed the “license test & 1st Time Riders Questionnaire) not sure though whether you want to race yet, but happy to practice at Tuning Days with the competitive licenced racers.
Then, Welcome to Tuning Days.
Tuning Day Sessions: 9am – 4.30pm • MA Licensed solo competitors will practice in Graded sessions. These will be advised at the time of booking or on the day (pending numbers on the day ) ie A & B & fast C grade riders, C & D grade (novice) • RidedaysWA Group (if incorporated on a tuning day) • MA Licensed Sidecar Competitors as pre- arranged.
ATTENDING A TUNING DAY/ SIGNING-ON: Pre- booking on-line is required to assist with the planning and conduct of the track sessions on the day. Gates open approx. 7am. Scrutineering/ Sign on is compulsory, commencing at 8.15am, First session on track 9.00am
PIT PADDOCK SETUP On entering the Pit Paddock area please note the “one way” road system in the paddock area applies. Unload your bike and park it in an undercover pit bay and prepare to attend Sign-on/Machine Examination. Pit bays are not pre-allocated on tuning/practice days but regular riders do have their own personal space. Trailers and vehicles must be parked in allocated parking bays (not in carports). No loading of vehicles/trailers until end of day. Wheeling your bike to the car park to reload is required should you wish to leave at any time during the day prior to 4.30pm Most bays have mains power, good idea to bring certified (tagged) extension lead/double adaptor. Then roll your bike up to the Machine examiners bay (no engine running), located adjacent to the Canteen, with your MA Competition License and Membership card ( If you haven’t as yet received your MA License then you can take out a One Day Recreational License for the tuning day – ask at Machine Examiners Bay). (This is still given that you can provide proof of having attended two RidedaysWA courses and been tested ie signed 1st Time License Testing Questionnaire).
Bring leathers, helmet, gloves, boots, and back protector when signing on. Keep an eye on the activities on track. PA announcements will be made and information boards are located on the Dummy Grid/Pit Lane areas, indicating sessions!
RACE PREPPING YOUR BIKE: Your bike and you will have to comply with the minimum race standards……
The areas that you need to deal with are in the Manual of Motorcycle Sport are: Protective Clothing, Motorcycles and Equipment – Chapters 10 Manual of Motorcycle Sport Booklet (commonly known as GCR’s) are issued following issue of your MA Competition License or is available on line at www.ma.org.au/ MoMS/rules. But to save you time and uncertainty, below is the minimum standard required (as per GCR’s) for you and your bike to participate.
Remember, this is a minimum standard for riding in a Tuning day (and private practice) environment only, it’s also not much more than you have done in the past for the Racecraft Courses. Rider: Helmet - Full face, in good condition (no road rash) carrying an ASA “ASS1698” label or be approved under Rule & 01.70 of the Road Racing FIM Technical Rules [see Appendix A]. Boots - Should be leather, and when you sit on the bike, no skin showing between boots and pants. Gloves - Leather again, and no skin between gloves and sleeves when you’re on the bike.
Leather pants & jacket or one piece suit – One piece road race leathers, in good condition are preferred or you can use a two piece suit, but the jacket and pants will need to be attached to each other, i.e. zipped, laced, press studs etc. Leather touring suits are okay but not Belstafs, waxed cotton, denim blue pants, or MX nylons. Back Protectors - Back protectors are now compulsory and should be worn under leathers or be built into the leathers. Hair and Jewellery Hair longer than shoulder length must be confined in the helmet or jacket. Body jewellery is to be removed or securely covered with tape prior to practice or competition.
Bike Preparation: Belly Pans/ Oil catchment containment - As of Jan. 1999 belly pans on bikes on racetracks have been compulsory. The easiest way to interpret the rules is to assume that if you have a full fairing on your bike, the bottom belly pan now needs to be a sealed container capable of containing liquid. On some bikes you can duct tape the joins and holes and that will suffice, other bikes will need to have a separate pan constructed inside the fairing, check out how other race bikes have solved the problem next time at the track. And yes, there are exceptions, bikes pre 1972 and bikes that don’t come out with a full fairing as standard issue, don’t need them BUT to attend any MCRC track or race day, other than RidedaysWA you must have a belly pan. GCR rule ref: 18.104.22.168 All machines, including sidecars, must be fitted with an integral lower fairing dam or separate catch tray, which must be constructed: Of a material and capacity to trap and hold at least 3 litres, for 4 stroke machines and 2.5 litres for 2 stroke machines, for engine oil and engine coolant, in the event of the engine breakdown with no less than two holes, each of 25mm, which may only be open in wet race conditions.
Chain Guards: now required GCR: 10.17.10.1: A guard must be fitted in such a way to prevent trapping between the lower drive chain run and the final drive sprocket at the rear wheel. Engine Case covers: GCR: 10.17.1.13: All lateral covers/engine cases containing oil and which could be in contract with the ground during a crash, must be protected by a second cover made from composite materials, type carbon or Kevlar. Plates and/or bars from aluminium or steel are also permitted. All these devices must be designed to be resistant against sudden shocks and must be fixed properly and securely. Bonding alone is not a suitable method of mounting.
Tyres: Make sure they are in good condition, don’t ride on old worn out rubber, it’s in your best interest to spend all your performance dollars right here. The Machine Examiner’s have the power to stop you from practicing should they feel your tyres are sub-standard. Check your tyres pressure; air supply is available at the circuit. Tyre changing service at the track is available on race days only at a nominal fee GCR General Tyre Rules for Tuning days: GCR’s 10.17.11.1 and 2 (for Race meetings refer to Event Supplementary Regulations).
Handle bars & Controls – make sure you have your handle bar ends blanked off (usually the balance weights do this). Make sure you have the knobs on the end of your levers and make sure the throttle twist grip snaps shut on it’s own.
Oil Plugs & Coolant – This is the one that seems to cause all the grief, so bite the bullet and just do it. Next time you service your bike, drill your sump plug so it can be wired to prevent it undoing. Drill your filler plugs and wire them up. Get a big hose clamp to fit over your oil filter (spin off type) and use that to attach the lock wire to. Engines: where flexible oil lines other than those supplied as standard equipment by the original machine manufacturer are used, they must incorporate high pressure hose secured by high pressure connections. For other than historic machines, worm drive hose clamps may not be used. Ref: GCR’s 11.15.2
Coolant: get rid of it. Only liquid coolant permitted is water 10.17.1.10 Drain coolant from engine, radiator and catch tank and replace with distilled water, which is just as good and tape over the filler caps. Tape over any other filler caps you can find (brake fluid, catch fluid etc.
Centre Stand – ditch it, and unfortunately remove the side stand too. You’ll have to buy a race stand or make one – be creative. Side stands quite often work adequately in the pits with the bolt removed and replaced with a screwdriver, remove screwdriver and stand before heading out on to the track. Valve caps – You should have valve caps front and rear. Drive Chain – Check the joining link, if you have one, is it fitted correctly? Tension the chain to Manufacturers’ specs. and lubricate it.
Other – Tape over all glassware, headlights, taillight, indicators etc. Remove mirrors or turn those inwards and tape over. Remove number plates or tape over front and edges.
Race Numbers: there are specific sizes and background colour’s relevant to bike capacities required. Refer GCR Rule 10.11.1 MCRC Office has stick on numbers available for purchase at $2 each.
Remember, unsure about anything? Just ask, everyone is here to help out. Don’t know anyone – ask the office/ race secretary / Coaches and we can introduce you to a fellow rider, maybe on a similar bike to yours.
Revised doc. May 2017