It is a good idea to plan and prepare for your race meeting the week leading up to the meeting and have everything ready to go the night before and loaded in your vehicle.
Travel with Friends
It is always advisable to travel with friends and family in case anything goes wrong. The moral support provided by your team can be a great help. They can also look after your equipment to ensure it gets home safely. After a big day of riding, the drive home is also best left to someone else as you’ll no doubt be exhausted.
When you Arrive
When you arrive at the race meeting park your vehicle in the designated area, unload your motorcycle and obey the instructions from the officials or Supp Regs as to the equipment you may have in the pit or paddock area.
Arrange your site and find out what is required in relation to signing on (letting the organiser know you are there). Sign the indemnity form if you have not already done so with your entry form and inquire about machine examination. These functions will vary from meeting to meeting. It won’t take long to work out what is required.
At all race meetings your machine, safety equipment and rider’s licence will be checked and scrutineered for general safety and to ensure your equipment complies with the rules. Scrutineering will be carried out by an appointed machine examiner.
Scrutineering at a race meeting will be checking the following areas:
- Throttle Return
- Brake and clutch free-play and effectiveness
- Wheel and frame bearings free-play
- Valve caps
- Tape on wheel weights
- Chain adjustment
- Sharp edges and any damage
- Fluid leaks
- Correct numbers and number-plate size.
- Protective Clothing and Helmet
- Handle bar ends
Each discipline of the sport has variations as to what happens at machine examination. Ensure your bike conforms to the GCRs and Supp Regs before you leave home and you should not have any problems. Motorcycles which do not meet safety standards will not be allowed in competition.
Program of Events
When you sign on or attend scrutineering you should receive some form of program of events, or they will be written on a board near the pit gate area. It is your responsibility to be ready to race so keep an eye on the program or listen for the Pit Marshal’s instructions.
The Clerk of the Course will call a rider’s briefing prior to practice. Attendance at this briefing is compulsory for all competitors. The officials will pass on any last minute changes concerning the conduct of the meeting and remind you of starting procedure and signal flags. They will also reinforce any rules and other general information which needs to be brought to your attention. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the meeting.
Code of Conduct
MA has a Code of Conduct which is to be observed and is explained below. Officials conducting the meeting are volunteers who are giving their time so you can compete. Do not abuse officials. Ask for their help and advice; they will gladly give it. Abuse them and there will be no one around to run your next meeting. Penalties, such as suspensions and fines, may be imposed on competitors who do not adhere to the code of conduct.
You will learn many things at your first race meeting. What you learn at your first meeting will also make future meetings easier and safer.
Remember, coaches, club personnel or your family are all available to assist you.
Above all, don’t forget to have fun and ride safely.