Motorcycling Australia (MA) is pleased to welcome two distinguished and highly qualified new members to the organisation’s Board of Directors. After a comprehensive search, MA is confident that the appointment of Alana Baratto and Ross Allen will prove highly beneficial for the organisation and for the sport as a whole.
Alana Baratto is the current Marketing Manager at KTM Group Australia and New Zealand, handling marketing and communications for KTM, Husqvarna, and WP Suspension. Prior to this she worked for Polaris Industries as a Marketing Specialist, managing and executing marketing strategies for both the Victory and Indian brands, and has also handled marketing for Aprilia and Moto Guzzi. Baratto is looking to grow female participation in the sport, and looking to make sure that more people have the opportunity to experience the thrill of what motorcycling is all about: “The more bums we have on seats, the more people that experience motorcycling and the thrill of motorcycling, the better off our sport is” Baratto said.
“My passion for motorcycles started when I was young, I went to my first Grand Prix when I was four or five- after that I was massively hooked. I grew up on acres so I had a little bike to run around on, and then when it came time to leave school I obviously wanted to get into the industry that I was passionate about.
“I look forward to working with MA, the other members on the Board, with the states, and with the community. I am someone that loves to get their hands dirty and get very much involved, and I like to get out there and experience it as well.”
Ross Allen has extensive experience in sports and motorsport administration, having worked for Karting New South Wales as Operations Manager and Director of Competitions prior to accepting the role with MA. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Speedway Australia, has held many positions with various sporting organisations since retiring from teaching in 2007. Allen also served as a speedway and general sports commentator, has a keen interest in junior development, and he would like to expand on MA’s work in this area: “I know that MA does a great job for its juniors at the moment, but in any sort of organisation or association there’s always some opportunities to make yourself better” said Allen.
“It’s a real privilege to be able to hold a leadership position in such an important organisation as Motorcycling Australia. Motorcycling is a sport that I’ve had a long involvement with, particularly through commentating, following in the footsteps of my dad.
“My role will be to best serve the members of the organisation, so the members of MA can be assured that whatever I do will be in their best interests” he said.
MA would like to sincerely thank outgoing Board Member Michael Strano, who has reached the end of his term. Strano’s service to the organisation has been invaluable, and the time and expertise he has brought to the role has been appreciated by all at MA.