Kids on board for the ride with MA Junior Come and Try program

Motorcycling Australia’s (MA) Junior Come and Try weekend at the V8 Supercars at Sydney Motorsport Park has been hailed as a major success.

Around 250 participants, with the majority being first-time riders, took part in the three-day clinic aimed at introducing children aged four to nine years to the sport of motorcycling in a controlled environment.

Experienced coaches and riders from the Baulkham Hills Junior Motorcycle Club, Penrith PCYC and Blacktown Minibike Club, along with former Australian Superbike Championship and World Endurance Championship winner Peter Goddard, were on hand to guide our newest riders through their paces upon a variety of bikes kindly supplied by Suzuki, Honda and Oset Bikes Australia.

One of the eager participants included Oliver Winterbottom, who showed off his skills on two-wheels while his father and Pepsi Max Crew V8 Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom looked on.

MA Board member Michael Strano said initiatives such as the Junior Come and Try program were all part of providing sustainable framework for motorcycling in Australia, and commended all involved in getting the program up and running.

“All the MA staff members and volunteers from the clubs did an amazing job, and it was fantastic to see MA and the clubs working together to give back to the grassroots and the future of our sport, which is the kids,” Strano said.

“Seeing the kids having fun on the bikes with experienced coaches in a safe environment was really great to watch.

“The Come and Try Day program is a wonderful initiative and it is one that we want to continue to build on and evolve in the future.”

If you have a child between the age of four to nine years looking to partake in the fun and get involved in motorcycling, make sure you get down to one of MA’s FREE Junior Come and Try clinics at the following events:

  • Round 4 of the Australian Superbike Championship – Symmons Plains, Tasmania (September 4-6, 2015)
  • V8 Supercars Sandown 500 – Sandown International Raceway, Victoria (September 11-13, 2015)
  • Round 5 of the Australian Superbike Championship – Phillip Island, Victoria (October 2-4, 2015)
  • V8 Supercars Phillip Island SuperSprint – Phillip Island, Victoria (November 20-22, 2015)
Oliver Winterbottom, son of Pepsi Max Crew V8 Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom, takes part in the Motorcycling Australia Junior Come and Try clinic on the weekend
Oliver Winterbottom, son of Pepsi Max Crew V8 Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom, takes part in the Motorcycling Australia Junior Come and Try clinic on the weekend