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Recon this is good news for Quads and Off Road Junkies

2010 SA national off-road racing season for motorcycle and quad competitors promises to be as challenging as ever and a new quad class as well as a number of exciting rule and organisational changes will ensure that this season will be as memorable as before.

An exciting new addition to the quad category is the Quad Production Challenge (Q3) for owners of standard quads. This class will be ideal for competitors who do not want to spend too much money or who would like to race for fun on the same quad used for holiday adventures.

Quads in this class can be from any manufacturer and any engine size. The quad has to, however, be totally standard and only certain items like tyres, chains, sprockets and brake pads can be replaced with non-original parts while protective items like hand guards should be fitted. Competitors in this class will only have to complete half of the race distance.

The qualifying age for competitors in the Senior Class of the quad category has also been dropped to 35 years (the qualifying age for senior motorcycle riders will still be 38 years) while they will only complete 75% of the full race distance of the main race like the senior riders on two wheels.

Other interesting changes include changes to the chronological order, wording and numbers of the rules while the names of both the motorcycle and quad classes have been changed in an effort to conform to international trends. In the motorcycle category the Open Class will now be known as OR1; the 250cc Class as OR2; OR3 will be the 200cc class and OR4 is for 125cc riders.
Other than in the bike category, the Open Quad Class will be Q2 while racers with 450cc quads enter into the Q1 class.
The Master Class in both categories will now also carry championship status.

Timing can be a problem on any off-road race and to alleviate the chances of things going wrong, transponders will be used at every event in 2010. This will ensure that results be posted earlier while the MSA Commission will now also the power to correct incorrect results after the race weekend.

The classes in the national enduro motorcycle championship remained the same with the good news that the Masters Class will also carry National Championship status in 2010. There are some rule changes regarding to marshal points and the clipping of timecards while extremely high penalties (points) will be enforced for breaking environmental rules.

In this championship formula, like in off-road racing, competitors will also have to review the rule for stopping at road-crossings as well as riding in the pits as breaking this rule will incur the competitor lots of penalty points.

The first national off-road race of the 2010 season, the Ermelo Toyota 400, will take place on 12 and 13 February. This event will also form a round of the Northern Regions regional championships as well as a round of the African Motorcycle Union’s (AMU) Southern Off-road Championship (SORC).

The 2010 season will be exciting and whilst there has not been many rule changes, it is believed that the changes that were made, will benefit the sport in general.

Issued by the MSA Off-road Motorcycle & Quad Commission by ETdotKomm (Elza Thiart – Tel: 082 4588 517).
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Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:54 pm
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