Motocrossing in Australia: An Overview

If you love extreme action and your idea of fun is slamming whoops, carving berms, and flying high over high jumps, then motocross is the perfect sport for you. Motocross is one of the most popular motorcycling sports not just in Australia, but in different parts of the world. As its name suggests, it is motorcycle racing on off-road circuits. What makes it a fast-paced and adrenaline-pumping sport is the design of its circuit or terrain, which includes natural features such as hills and cambers, along with man-made jumps, technical corners, fast straights, and rhythm sections.

Motocycling Australia

All motorcycle competitions in Australia are conducted by Motorcycling Australia, the governing body for motorcycle racing in the country. The organisation covers road racing, motocross, trials, supercross, dirt track, supermoto, and speedway. It is affiliated with the international motorcycling governing body Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Originally formed in 1928, the body oversees state governing bodies Motorcycling New South Wales, Motorcycling Victoria, Motorcycling Queensland, Motorcycling South Australia, Motorcycling Western Australia, Motorcycling Tasmania and Motorcycling Northern Territory. It conducts motocross competitions according to the Manual of Motorcycle Sport.

Manual of Motorcycle Sports

Manual of Motorcycle Sport is the annual publication of Motocycling Australia which it distributes to all organisation license holders, officials, and members. The manual contains an overview of different motorcycling competitions in the country, the rules and guidelines for participating in and conducting the sport, licensing requirements, and offences, protests, and appeals. It also sets guidelines on wearing the right motocross accessories and gears, helmet approvals and fittings, and safety procedures and policies. The manual is designed to ensure fair and safe competition for participants.

The Right Gear

Motorcycling Australia require participants to wear the proper motocross accessories and gear during competitions. Motocross accessories and clothes include knee and elbow guards, boots, kidney belt and body armour, riding clothes, gloves, helmet, and goggles. You can buy these items at department stores, local motocross shops, or online. When buying online, however, you need to make sure you still try items on for a good fit.

If you are interested in joining motocross competitions, know the dangers of the sport, wear the right gear, and most importantly, prepare yourself. The last thing you want to do is to rush into a race before your mind and body are up and prepared for the challenge. To learn more about motocross, click here.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.