Never raced before? Wondering where to start, what to do and how to get involved? Then come in from the cold and warm those chilly hands by our fireside, we’ve got your back!
Welcome to the VMCC First Timer Program
The Victoria Motorcycle Club aims to support all new riders making the transition to racing; by providing support to all new riders. The First Timers Program intent is to assist first timers with racing as a whole. Things like how you conduct yourself on the track, race preparation, your understanding on passing, starts could all be unknowns if you have never raced before.
The VMCC first timer program is run in conjunction with the California Superbike School (CSS) VMCC Scholarship Program.
When you turn up at the race track you will be pitted in the same location as the scholarship riders and hopefully can learn a lot from them, their mentors, support staff and coaches.
At each round of the VMCC Bridgestone Motorcycle Racing Series the scholarship riders will have a Qualified CSS coach working directly with them. The CSS coach will assist you as he or she can, as long as it does not encroach on the scholarship riders, as they are the CSS coach’s priority. The CSS coach will not be able to actively coach you on riding techniques, but we will try and assist you as much as we can. It is VMCC’s intent to also have mentors available to assist with the first timers program.
VMCC also has support staff (ex-racers) who will be available to help you where they can.
First of all you need to join the club, if you are already a member of another club please consider joining Victoria Motorcycle club. It will give you access to all our communications and a discount on your race entry and track day fees.
Once You are a club member then you must apply for a Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ) ‘Club’ race licence.
Here are some useful Motorcycling New Zealand links to help you get this done:
- MNZ website
- MNZ licencing page
- MNZ ‘New Club Licence Application Form’
- MNZ ‘Getting Started in Motorcycle Sport’ booklet
- MNZ ‘Manual of Motorcycle Sport’ (all New Zealand road racing rules and regulations)
Note: As this will be your first time applying for a club race licence you will be required to fill in a questionnaire which will reference the Manual of Motorcycle Sport (MoMs).
Please take the time to read through the MoMs: conduct, safety and operation of a race meeting is very important.
Note: The “CLASS & RACING NUMBER REQUEST” section on the MNZ club race licence application form suggests that you require an allocated race number for the classes you wish to race in. This is for national level racing and can be ignored if you are only planning on club racing for now.
Getting Your Bike Ready to Race
MNZ has all the general rules and regulations (the MoMs) posted on their website. Chapter 10 covers the minimum requirements. Your bike will need to meet these rules, additional rules from other class related chapters, and the rules in the club’s supplementary regulations.
If in doubt or you don’t quite understand – ask the club early; we are happy to help. Don’t turn up on Race day with a bike that may not pass bike-check (otherwise you will be disappointed).
Entering an Event
VMCC requires entries to be completed 10 days before a race meeting. This provides the club with all the required information on riders and numbers: enabling the club committee to set up timing, programmes and operate easily. The club will accept late entries but a late entry fee will apply. Please if you have not already discussed with the club regarding getting started in racing: note on the entry form that this is your first race meeting.
Things You Will Need on Your First Day
- Bike ready to go as per MNZ and club supplementary regulations.
- Bike numbers to be very clearly displayed.
- Ride Gear
- Full leather, one piece or 2 piece that completely zip together. These must be in good condition – no tears/holes
- Leather gloves
- Solid boots
- Full Face helmet with good unscratched visor
- Back protector
- OPTIONAL chest protector
- Pit setup
- 2KG fire extinguisher is a MUST,
- Tools, spares, power cords if you run tire warmers, multi plug,
Tire pressure gauge and pump possibly,
- Basic maintenance gear for your machine i.e. if you have a 2 stroke take spare spark plugs etc.
- Rags and cleaning products, if you have to work on your machine is best to have a way to clean your hands before you ruin you gloves by putting greasy hands into them.
- Your visor may also get very dirty so bring visor cleaner gear.
If you have tinted and clear visors bring both!
- Other setup
There is a lot of waiting around so camping chairs are a good idea,
Food that is easily nibbled on is great, as it is hard to down a heavy pie or meal during race day.
Most racers eat very little during the day which is not ideal. If you have friends coming to watch it is really handy if they bring you lunch at around 12pm, then they can hang around until your next race…..it is really hard to work out when during the day you will be out on track.
Liquids, take water and a form of electrolytes such as PowerAde etc.