Youth Riders starting to ride with an MRA affiliated Club.
Automatics 50cc 6-7 Years old
Cadets 65cc 6-8 Years old
Juniors 65cc 7-10 Years old
Small Wheel 85cc/150cc 9-12 Years old
Big Wheel 85cc/150cc 11-15 Years old
Intermediate 125 (2 stroke) 13/17 Years old
Premier 144cc 2 st/250cc 4 st 14-17 Years old
Above ages are on the 1st January
An applicant on reaching their 15th birthday may apply for a dual competition licence which will enable them to compete in Youth and Adult Motocross, Adult Super-Moto, Adult Supercross and Grass Track events.
Guide to confirm Competitors Age against the permitted minimum / maximum machine engine capacities.
Age 15 – Permitted machine engine capacity maximum145cc 2 Stroke or 250cc 4 stroke. This will be a Dual Restricted Licence with above listed capacities applicable
Age 16 – Permitted machine engine capacity maximum 250cc 2 Stroke and/or 250cc 4 Stroke. This will be a Dual Restricted Licence with above listed capacities applicable.
Age 17 and over – Permitted machine engine capacity maximum 450cc 2 stroke and or 450cc 4 stroke. This will be a Dual Licence with no restrictions.
For Youth Events irrespective of age the competitor will still be restricted to a machine with a maximum capacity of 145cc two stroke or 250cc four stroke.
A Competitor may continue to apply for a Dual Restricted or Dual Licence as long as they are not over the age of 18 on the 1st January in the Year of application.
Dual Restricted and Dual Licences will only be issued to an Applicant with an Original Copy of a Birth Certificate accompanied by a completed Adult Application Licence Form. (This Birth Certificate will be returned with the applicants licence).
Machine Over Minimum Capacity Up to Maximum Capacity
MX 2 100cc 2 st/175cc 4 st 145cc 2 st/250cc 4st
MX1 175cc 2 st/290cc 4 st 250cc 2 st/450cc 4 st
MX3 290cc 2 st/475cc 4 st 500cc s st/650cc 4 st
Evo Bikes over 10 yrs old Over 20 yrs old and over 30
Classic Air-cooled and drum brakes Water-cooled permitted if manufactured with drum brakes and 2 rear shocks
How do I start racing?
The best way to get started in the sport is to become a member of a promoting club. The clubs link at the top of the page will give you a list of MRA clubs. So have a look and see which one is nearest you. Yearly membership is available for around £5 – £10 varying from club to club.
To join the Evo club which is affiliated to the Knock club it is £5 for adult and £3 for youth. Membership forms can be downloaded Here
How do I get a Competition Licence?
MRA Competition Application Forms are available from your local club. Please remember that you must be a member of an affiliated club to get your competition license application form this applies to both first time applications and all subsequent renewals. The licence form you receive has to be signed by your club secretary/Chairman before you send it to the licence registrar.
When you have completed all the necessary formalities for your MRA Competition License Application Form, send all the requested forms, photos (don’t forget to sign them) and payment to.
11 Windmill Lane
Tel: 028 97561468
21 Bronte Park
Tel: 028 40662063
Mobile: 0792 7906594
Do I need a Transponder?
You do not need a transponder to ride with the Evo club but if you want to race in the adult championship races like the Ulster and Irish then you will need a transponder. Some other clubs may run races with manual lap scoring and some have races for non-transponder groups.
How do I get a Transponder
At some events you can hire one on race day from the event Time Keeper.
Or you can buy one from AMB directly.
Contact them on the following link: www.amb.com.
You will need:
Motocross Helmet – approved by relevant safety checks and stamped by the MRA (it s highly recommended that you don’t buy a second hand helmet).
Neck protection; compulsory for youths, highly recommended for adults
Knee & Elbow pads.
This is a family sport and everyone has a responsibility to ensure that each child can compete in a safe and sporting environment. Anti-social behavior by riders or guardians cannot be tolerated.
Special attention will be given to abuse of alcohol, fighting, and noise after 11pm (ie Generators) and any excess pressure on children to compete.
Each organizing club will ensure that the racetrack is as safe as possible with proper flagging, watering and track maintenance facilities available.
Medical cover must have at least one ambulance (preferably two) at trackside for the duration of racing. Racing cannot continue without ambulance cover.
Engine Capacity and Wheel Sizes
The maximum engine capacity and wheel sizes permitted in Youth Motocross are as follows:
Automatics Maximum 50cc 10” rear 12” front
Cadet/Junior (65) Maximum 65cc* 12” rear 14” front
S.W. 85cc/150f Maximum 85cc/150f 14” rear 17” front
B.W. 85cc/150f Maximum 85cc/150f* 18” rear 21” front
Youth 125cc 2T Maximum 125cc 19” rear 21” front
Youth MX2 Maximum 150cc 2T/250f 19” rear 21” front
*Motorcycles used in the Cadet/Junior classes must be in 65cc frames.
*Motorcycles used in the B.W. 85cc/150f class must not be in 125cc frames.
Entry forms accompanied by the entry fee must be completed in every detail signed by the parent/legal guardian and youth must supply proof of age via birth cert or other photo id. The rider’s competition licence number must be stated. Details of the entry fee will be stated in the supplementary regulations.
A parent/legal guardian must accompany a youth entrant to a meeting and stay for the duration of the time that the rider is present.
Riders, parents or associates failing to obey instructions given by the officials of a meeting or deemed to have unjustifiably or maliciously jeopardised the efficient running of the event by not adhering to the regulations, can be excluded from the meeting and will be reported to, and dealt with, by the body issuing the permit. Abuse of any kind, physical or verbal will not be tolerated.
Change of Machine
A change of machine is permitted provided that prior notification is made to the Clerk of the course and time keepers.
Number Plates Youth
The minimum dimensions for the figures must be:
Width of stroke 25mm
Space between two figures 25mm
The figures and background must be in a matt (non-shiny) colour. Do not use luminous colours. Front and side colours are as follows:
Automatics Yellow plates with black numbers
65cc Black plates with white numbers
White plates with black numbers
S.W. 85cc/150f Red plates with white numbers
B.W. 85cc/150f Green plates with white numbers
Youth 125cc 2T Blue plates with white numbers
Youth MX2 Black plates with white numbers
Number Plates Adult
MX1 White background & Black numbers
MX2 Black background & White numbers
MX3 Yellow background & Black numbers
Warning Flags displayed during Race Days and Practice events.
Flags used to provide direct instruction to Riders.
No flag signal
Track all clear.
Yellow Flag – Held Motionless
Danger, drive slowly
Yellow Flag – Waved
Immediate Danger, prepare to stop, No overtaking
The use of the red flag indicates that Racing has been Stopped. Overtaking is forbidden. Riders shall slow down and may be instructed to return to the starting grid or paddock, as decided by the Clerk of Course (COC). A rider and may raise his/her hand to acknowledge a red flag.
The Black Flag will be displayed motionless with a board displaying a riders race number (usually at start finish line). There is a Serious Problem and the rider must pull off the racing line and stop in a safe position with the utmost care and attention.
Yellow Flag with Black Cross
Last Lap flag, this flag is displayed to the rider from the start finish line and indicates that the rider is commencing his/her last racing lap of the circuit.
When the leading rider has completed the required number of laps (s)he will be shown the chequered flag by an official standing at the start finish line. The chequered flag will continue to be shown to all subsequent riders. Once a rider receives the chequered flag (s)he must proceed safely to the paddock using the designated route.