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Keeping you up to date with latest news and events. The staff at MCR is actively involved in a diverse range of motorcycling activities and events including track days, off-road events and motorcycle rallies.  MCR also supports a variety of local events and local riders through sponsorship.

Listed below is a description of some of the different disciplines in motorcycling.  Many of these events happen throughout the year or are annual.  Follow our events calendar to see what's coming up in the greater Otago and Southland regions.

Road racing

road racing - Copy.jpgRoad racing is the racing of motorcycles on tarmac. Races can take place either on purpose-built racing circuits or on closed public roads.

Motorcycle Grand Prix

motogp racing - Copy.jpgGrand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier category of motorcycle road racing. It is divided into three distinct classes:

  • 125 cc - Engines in this class are two-stroke. This class is also restricted by rider age, with an upper limit of 25 for newly signed riders and wild card entries and an absolute upper limit of 28 for all riders.
  • Moto2 - Introduced by Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of the competition, in 2010 as a 600 cc four-stroke class. Prior to that season, the intermediate class was 250 cc with two-stroke engines. Moto2 races in the 2010 season will allow both engine types; from 2011 on, only the four-stroke Moto2 machines will be allowed in this class.
  • MotoGP - 800 cc four-stroke.

Grand prix motorcycles are prototype machines not based on any production motorcycle.Superbike racing

Superbike racing

superbike racing - Copy.jpgSuperbike racing is a category of motorcycle road racing that employs modified production motorcycles. Superbike racing motorcycles must have four stroke engines of between 800 cc and 1200 cc for twins, and between 750 cc and 1000 cc for four cylindermachines. The motorcycles must maintain the same profile as their road going counterparts. The overall appearance, seen from the front, rear and sides, must correspond to that of the bike homologated for use on public roads.Supersport racing

Supersport racing

For example: AMA Supersport Championship, British Supersport Championship and Supersport World Championship

Supersport racing is another category of motorcycle road racing that employs modified production motorcycles. To be eligible for Supersport racing, a motorcycle must have a four stroke engine of between 400 and 600 cc forafour cylinder machines, and between 600 and 750 cc for twins and must satisfy the FIM homologation requirements. Supersport regulations are much tighter than Superbikes. Supersport machines must remain largely as standard, while engine tuning is possible but tightly regulated.

Endurance racing

endurance racing - Copy.jpgEndurance racing is a category of motorcycle road racing which is meant to test the durability of equipment and endurance of the riders. Teams of multiple riders attempt to cover a large distance in a single event. Riders are given the ability to change during the race. Endurance races can be run either to cover a set distance in laps as quickly as possible, or to cover as much distance as possible over a preset amount of time.


motocross racing - Copy.jpgMotocross (or MX) is the direct equivalent of road racing, but off road, a number of bikes racing on a closed circuit. Motocross circuits are constructed on a variety of non-tarmac surfaces such as dirt, sand, mud, grass, etc., and tend to incorporate elevation changes either natural or artificial. Advances in motorcycle technology, especially suspension, have led to the predominance of circuits with added "jumps" on which bikes can get airborne. Motocross has another noticeable difference from road racing, in that starts are done en masse, with the riders alongside each other. Up to 40 riders race into the first corner. The winner is the first rider across the finish line, generally after a given amount of time or laps or a combination.Supercross

Supercross riders

Supercross (or SX) is simply indoor motocross. Supercross is more technical and rhythm like to riders. Typically situated in a variety of stadiums and open or closed arenas, it is notable for its numerous jumps.


Supermoto is a racing category that is a crossover between road-racing and motocross. The motorcycles are mainly motocross types with road-racing tyres. The racetrack is a mixture of road and dirt courses (in different proportions) and can take place either on closed circuits or in temporary venues (such as urban locations).

The riding style on the tarmac section is noticeably different from other forms of tarmac-based racing, with a different line in corners, sliding of the back wheel around the corner, and using the leg straight out to corner (as opposed to the noticeable touching of the bent knee to the tarmac of road racers).

Enduro and Cross-country

cross country rally - Copy.jpgEnduro is a form of off road motorcycle sport that primarily focuses on the endurance of the competitor. In the most traditional sense ("Time Card Enduros"), competitors complete a 10+ mile lap, of predominately off road going, often through forestry. The lap is made up of different stages, each with a target time to complete that stage in exactly, there are penalties for being early and late, thus the goal is to be exactly "on time". Some stages are deliberately "tight", others are lax allowing the competitor to recuperate. There are also a variety of special tests, on variety of terrain to further aid classification, these are speed stages where the fastest time is desired. A normal event lasts for 3 to 4 hours, although longer events are not uncommon. Some events, particularly national and world championship events take place over several days, requiring the competitors motorcycles to kept securely and thus any maintenance work has to be carried out within a very limited window of time or during the event.

In addition to traditional Time Card Enduros held over a long lap, a variety of other forms of sport have been taken up; notably "Short Course Enduros", a shorter (in lap length) form of Time Card Enduros,Hare Scrambles and "Hare and Hounds".

Hare Scramble

Hare scramble is the name given to a particular form of off-road motorcycle racing. Traditionally a hare scramble can vary in length and time with the contestants completing multiple laps around a marked course through wooded or other rugged natural terrain. The overall winner is awarded to the contestant who maintains the highest speed throughout the event.

Cross-Country Rally

Cross-Country Rallies are much bigger than enduros. Typically using larger bikes than other off road sports, these events take place over many days, travelling hundreds of miles across primarily open off road terrain. The most famous example is the Dakar rally

Motorcycle Rallies

A motorcycle rally is a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.  Rallies can be large or small and one-time or re-occurring.  Some rallies are ride-in events whereas others involve days of riding and an actual gathering only at the end of the ride.  The majority of rallies provide the opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to camp on-site spending a social encounter sharing camaraderie and a love for motorcycles.


Become more familiar with local riders, as well as national and international representatives in a variety of motorcycling disciplines.  Some sponsored by MCR, some sponsored by Yamaha, we aim to keep you update with their progress and results.  We will also profile some unsponsored riders who just enjoy motorcycling as a past-time.

Local riders

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We aim to feature riders who are actively involved in local events which may be competitive or non-competitive.  Some of these riders are sponsored locally and some are motorcycle enthusiasts who just enjoy the participation in their sport.  This feature gives you the opportunity to share your stories so take some photos and email us your experience, we want to share it.

National riders


New Zealand is a great country for motorcycling with its diverse landscape and fantastic riding road. Become more familiar with our National motorcycling representatives.  New Zealand boasts great success in motorcycling nationally and internationally.  Follow the progress of our National riders, in a variety of motorcycling disciplines and national events.

International riders

The experience rider's gain in New Zealand prepares them well for the competitive circuits internationally.  We have a great deal of talented riders who are at the top of their fields in the world circuits.  Follow the progress of our International motorcycling representatives in their chosen disciplines and watch New Zealand motorcycling make its mark on the world.  We will also bring you updates on the big names of motorcycling around the world and championship results.