After many years of working with Motorcycling NSW and Motorcycling Australia, the weekend of August 3rd and 4th will finally see the MRRDA Juniors race at Sydney Motorsport Park. Not only is Juniors racing in NSW a momentous occasion, but the MRRDA Juniors will also get their first outing as part of the cast for a QBE Australian Superbike Championship event.
We won’t get to see all of the MRRDA competitors at this event due to restrictions in NSW still not quite matching those of the other States, but there is no doubt that the two MRRDA Junior Championship classes will put on a brilliant show for Sydney-siders. The racing will probably surprise people who haven’t seen these youngsters race before. The racing will be fast and close with manoeuvres that some senior riders wouldn’t contemplate. One thing is for sure, it will be exciting.
“It’s great to see the Juniors finally getting a chance to ride in NSW. By not allowing Juniors to race here in the past, all that has happened is that NSW riders have taken their riding, talent and money interstate. So NSW has missed out on so many fronts, but will now be able to see what it has been missing. To be racing with the QBE Australian Superbike Championship is awesome and will enable the Juniors to see what QBE Australian Superbike Championship is all about and vice versa,” said Paul Edwards, Chairman and Founder of the MRRDA.
International Entertainment Group General Manager, Phil Harper welcomed the MRRDA National Junior Road Race Championship to the billing, saying the championship was proud to be working with the MRRDA to help nurture young Australian motorcycling talent.
“We are very proud to have the MRRDA National Junior Road Race Championship running alongside the QBE Australian Superbike Championship for the first time. It is fantastic opportunity for these young riders to showcase their talent to the factory teams, media and a wider audience,” Harper said.
The MRRDA National Junior Road Race Championship will get their first look at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday 2nd August during a 20-minute practice session. Saturday will consist of practice, qualifying, Race 1 and Race 2, with a warm up and Race 3 to be held on Sunday.
The MRRDA is a not for profit Association run by dedicated volunteers. The series not only runs the races, but also aims to educate series participants on the many facets required to be a successful motorcycle racer. Graduates from the series have gone on to win Championships both in Australia and overseas. Current Graduates include Jack Miller in World Moto3, Olly Simpson in Red Bull Rookies Cup, Adrian Nestorovic and Mike Jones in the European 600 Superstock as well as Matt Walters, Josh Hook and Daniel Falzon all making a big impact in Australia.