As result of numerous requests received by MWA this year to properly address the MX Rider gradings (from both clubs and riders), MWA and the MX Sporting Panel undertook a review of the previous inaccurate grading methodology used, to create a fairer and more accurate grading system.
Using a formula based on individual rider participation, performance and recorded transponder times (ie the number of open events you rode in, where you finished and what lap times you achieved) an “overall performance” was achieved and graded according to those results.
These rider averages were based over the last 2 years of data and all MX riders (junior and senior) were assessed in the same manner, in an attempt to achieve a fairer and more accurate grading result for each competitor. To be clear, the grading results are based on your most current performance (ie not who you are or how long you’ve ridden in the sport). This is similar to processes used in all other progressive competitive sports. Nothing prevents you entering any higher-class event from your grading (they are not linked).
As a result of negative feedback from riders who were downgraded (around 10% of all riders) and derogatory social media comments about MWA’s attempt to fix this issue, amended senior MX rider gradings, as communicated via Ridernet WILL NOT be adopted for the rest of the 2021 season. Some great, constructive feedback from riders who communicated their concerns through the correct channels was also received by MWA. As a result, we will reassess this review process and attempt to create a more “accommodating system” that takes into consideration additional information and not just a rider’s current performance.
State Rider number allocation will not be impacted by this process.
MWA apologises for not communicating this process in a better manner, but please remember that the MX Sporting Panel was reintroduced for it’s expertise and as a representative body for the MX discipline. We work together, as a team to make the sport fairer and more competitive.