How to Get into Motorbike Racing
Few sports can bring in as many rewards, thrills, and excitement as motorcycle racing. The racing stars are today known across the world, and the high-speed races are also aired live. However, unlike others sports such as including rugby, the path to motorcycle racing may not be as obvious. Racing motorcycles nowadays race on all-tarmac roads surfaces, while the circuits can be permanent or temporary. There is a gradual licensure path to be followed to compete in the national and international championships.
Join a Club
While some people may think that motorcycle racing can be started along with the mates on a street, the reality is that you need to hold a license for getting into motorcycle racing. To obtain a license you need to join a racing club affiliated with the national motorcycle sport governing body. For instance, ACU is the body governing motorcycle racing and sports in the United Kingdom. Motorcycle racing is a common and popular sport in the USA, Canada, and western European countries including the United Kingdom. Therefore, you will be able to find such a club rather easily and they are also spread across the countries. This step cannot be foregone. However, the clubs often file the license application as soon as you join the club.
Applying for Racing License
Once you have joined the club you need to apply for a racing license. The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is the main organization that organizes and conducts international motorcycle races, and the ACU has been recognized by it. The FIM is participated by 111 national motorcycle federations and organizes road racing, motocross, enduro, trials, track racing, and rallies. The ACU ensures that any person can participate in motorcycle racing without discrimination. Likewise, in the USA you need to join a club that is recognized by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). AMA is recognized by the FIM.
There are different training requirements that you may need to undergo when you want to obtain a national and international motor racing license. The requirements may include a computer training course that is a classroom-based training and course that will teach you the various elements and specifics of motorcycle racing. The aspirants may also need to undergo the rider assessments, which are more practical and physical assessments to judge the abilities of a rider. You can send your rider application to your club and the national motorcycle racing body once you complete these assessments. Riders also need to undergo eyesight check-up and will have to submit a report on it.
There are different grades of license and you may grow step by step once you start your journey to be a motorcycle rider and a capable and licensed motorcyclist that can compete in international and national motorcycle races and championships.
For instance, the first license awarded to you by ACU is the “Novice” license that is restricted only to the level of 600 cc motorcycles. You can ride any capacity motorcycle once you get the “Intermediate Novice” license. The rider moves to the “Clubman” license upon completing 10 motorbike races at least three different circuits.
The “National” license comes next. However, obtaining this license is more difficult as you not only need to perform well on the race tracks but are also required to do well while completing the laps. A rider can get this license when he finishes within 110 percent of the time the motorcycle placed first in the race does, for at least 10 races. Fortunately, there are no age-related requirements for entering into motorcycle racing.
Participating in a Motorbike Race
The club that the rider joins for participating in motorcycle racing sends updates and information on the different motorbike racing championships and the meetings that it conducts and organizes. These updates and correspondence will also have the entry forms that can be filled for participating in a motorbike championship.
Practicing for the Race
The more you practice, the better you can perform at motorcycle racing. However, you should not practice in the sub-urban areas but should improve your performance on the racing tracks only. Practicing will ensure that over a period of time your skills and confidence improve. Even if you do not come first at a championship, you can still make a mark and see where you stand in the face of the competition.
Motorcycle racing can be a dream sport for many. Fortunately getting into national and international motorcycle racing and the MotoGP races is not as hard as many people think it to be. You do not need to make any heavy investments. With patience, time, and perseverance, you can grow to acquire the skills necessary for obtaining the licenses. Join a recognized club today to know more about motorcycle racing and to indulge in one of the favorite sports of the world.