As hopefully you are aware if you’ve seen our previous communications, since February a series of steps have been taken to try and see the return of MA sanctioned motorcycle activities to Barbagallo Raceway.
The first step was MA issuing a Phase 1 License for LAMS approved basic training, (issued to WASCC on the 27th March), which didn’t cover any activities previously undertaken by MA associated organisations at Barbagallo Raceway, and wasn’t applicable to our activities.
The next step was a Phase 2 License for Practice, Tuning & Advanced Rider Training, (issued to WASCC on the 24th April), which we considered suitable to be able to operate Ridedays WA events.
The Track License Conditions for Phase 1 & 2 were based on recommendations by Mr Chris Hall and Mr Steven Brake in relation to the necessary safety modifications and speed management required for rider safety at Barbagallo Raceway, assuming no further changes to the circuit.
In consultation with the WASCC, MCRCWA applied for and received a permit (with a replicate of the track license conditions as per the WASCC request to show that they were also MCRCWA’s responsibility) to conduct an event on the 23rd of June.
In late May, the WASCC reviewed the Phase 2 track license and MCRCWA event permit, and declined MCRCWA’s permit to run the event. Communications between WASCC & MA in June tried to resolve the differences between WASCC’s understanding of their liabilities due to the track license conditions versus MA / MAIL’s Insurance coverage. This disparity didn’t appear to be resolved.
As the WASCC had not accepted the conditions or the insurance associated with the Phase 1 and 2 licences (which didn’t require track modifications), nor had they communicated to MA that they intended to comply with the MA track licence conditions, MA notified the WASCC on July 11th that they were withdrawing the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Permits and Track Licenses for Barbagallo Raceway. MA has strongly urged the WASCC consider the required track modifications to ensure the safety of all motorcycle riders at Barbagallo Raceway.
So where does this leave MCRCWA? For the remainder of 2018 we have 3 Race Rounds, and at least 1 Ridedays WA / Tuning event at Collie (with the option of more events if dates become available). For 2019 we have committed to securing additional dates at Collie Motorplex to run our racing and rider training activities. MCRCWA welcomes ongoing communications with all parties in an effort to see the return of motorcycle activities to Barbagallo Raceway.
MCRCWA and MWA have been working together closely over the last few months towards an outcome for Barbagallo Raceway as well as future opportunities for the club. Hopefully there may be a positive announcement about a new facility in the near future, as well as further updates associated with the licensing of the long circuit at Collie Motorplex.
Motorcycle Racing Club of WA