Promoters across the UK Motocross Championships have united to end what has been described as appalling behavior by some young riders and their friends.
As TMX wrote last week, the actions of a few have threatened the future of the tracks and a wave of vandalism and anti-social behavior has already forced the Norwich Viking MCC into a position where they now feel it is necessary to ban youth racing in its entirety at its Cadders Hill circuit.
Here is the statement in full:
Joint statement on behalf of the ACU British Motocross Championship, National MX Motocross Championship, Acerbis Motocross Championship, Bridgestone Masters Motocross Championship.
“Due to the continued appalling behavior of a number of young riders and their friends, the above championships are implementing the following measures with immediate effect.
“All of the promoters named above now have a shared list of individuals on a driving list. This list will not be published, but we will write to each on the list individually. The list is not limited to just riders.
“Anyone named on the list, whether on horseback or not, unless accompanied by a responsible adult, caught outside the gates of the venue at an event will be asked to leave the event. immediately.
“Anyone caught damaging any property inside or outside the venue will be immediately banned from the event and future events without further discussion, including events from other promoters.
“Suron bikes and any form of pit/electric bike (excluding regular bikes) are now banned from our events. Anyone caught driving one will be asked to put it back in their van. If you are caught a second time, you will be asked to leave the event.
“While most of the problems have been caused by 85cc riders, we are aware that these same riders will move to bigger bikes next season. They will remain on the riding list regardless of their class.
“As promoters, we are losing our bearings and incurring substantial costs for additional safety and damage/repair costs due to the behavior of a handful of thoughtless children and irresponsible parents. Many local residents are sick and tired of motocross events destroying their hometowns and our sport is suffering.
“Any runner or person who has not complied with the above will be automatically banned from all events associated with the aforementioned promoters.
“Please behave or stay home!” You were warned.
“This is a call to all parents, team managers and trainers of riders who attend our events. You spend a lot of time with these riders teaching them to ride like professional motocross riders. Please , can just spend some of that precious time teaching them how to behave like adults before we have nowhere to run!”