How to get into motorbike racing
It’s hard not to be inspired to get on two wheels when you watch the likes of Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi flying around a track at 200mph.
Motorcycle racing, unlike other sports, like football or rugby, the path to MotoGP isn’t an obvious one however we’re here to show you the way to stardom and Sepang.
First, you need to know what you’re signing up for.
1. Join a club
You can’t get a racing licence without being a member of a racing club that’s affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU)
The good news is there are hundreds of racing clubs around the UK and they’re spread right across the country.
There’s no way around this and you will need a club official to sign your licence application however they will normally do this as soon as you apply to join their club.
2. Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) licence
Once you’ve got a club membership you can apply for an ACU licence, arguably the most important aspect of getting into racing.
The ACU is the UK’s governing body for motorcycle sport and is recognised by the Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme (FIM) – the organisation responsible for MotoGP.
It’s remit is to oversee motorbike racing in the UK and provide members with the opportunity to get involved in motorbike racing, regardless of ability and without discrimination.
3. ACU – training assessments
For anyone wishing to gain an ACU licence, you need to complete a Competitor Training Course (CTC), which is classroom based, and an ACU Basic Rider Assessment, a practical assessment of rider ability.
Once you have finished your CTC and Basic Rider Assessment, you can send your application for a Road Race licence to the ACU. You will also need to include an eyesight report and a unique code from your riding club. After you have secured this you will receive a Novice or Intermediate Novice licence.
4. ACU licence options
Novice – This is the first level of licence and does not require a motorbike licence however you are restricted to 600cc bikes. You must wear an orange bib with a novice licence.
Then it gets complicated. You need to complete at least one race, at 10 different meetings on three or more different circuits.
Once you have done that you can then upgrade your licence.