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Stark Varg And Electric Motorcycles Get The All Clear To Compete In Australia From 2024

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Photo of the Stark Varg Electric Motocross Bike
The Stark Varg has been granted permission to race both MX1 and MX2 with output limits.

In the rapidly evolving landscape of motorcycle racing, global governing bodies grapple with regulations surrounding the emergence of electric motorcycles.

Notably, Motorcycle Australia (MA) has granted approval to the Stark Varg brand, signifying a significant step in embracing the shift toward electric-powered machines.

As the motorcycle industry undergoes continuous transformation, the inclusion of electric motorcycles becomes a pivotal aspect of this progression. With the increasing availability of electric machines to the public, MA recognises the necessity to thoughtfully integrate them into racing disciplines where they can thrive.

MA’s decision to allow electric machines in specified disciplines comes with a set of guidelines meticulously crafted to ensure equitable competition. These guidelines, designed to maintain fairness, possess the flexibility to adapt as needed, demonstrating MA’s commitment to upholding a level playing field.

This strategic move is just the beginning, as MA acknowledges that the landscape will evolve with time and experience. The data collected during this initial phase will serve as a foundation for potential revisions, including the eligibility of electric machines to compete in additional classes or disciplines.

MA emphasised its dedication to transparency, assuring members that any pertinent changes will be communicated promptly through Information Bulletins.

MA has released the following Bulletin:

Information bulletin #2051: electric machine eligility for motorcycle events
Affected disciplines: Motocross, Enduro, Dirt Track, Track, Flat Track and Supermoto

Effective from: January 1, 2024

Ruling:
Electric Machines as per the Electric Motorcycle Approved Competition List (open ‘This Bulletin ONLY’ below to view competition list) are eligible to compete at MA-permitted events under the following conditions: All machines must comply with Appendix D of the Manual of Motorcycle Sport.

At Club, Inter Club and Open Club Events:
Electric Machines including the Stark VARG may compete in MX1 & MX2 or equivalent classes as per the Electric Motorcycle Approval List.
The Stark Varg must have the power locked by a technical official or scrutineer to the appropriate setting listed prior to taking part in any competition.
MX1 Class equivalent – A maximum output of up to 60hp/45kW.
MX2 Class equivalent – A maximum output of up to 48hp/36kW.

Information on how to lock the power output of the Stark VARG is available here.

At State and National Championship Events:
Electric Machines including the Stark VARG may compete in MX1 or equivalent class only as per the Electric Motorcycle Approval List.
The Stark Varg must have the power locked by a technical official or scrutineer to the appropriate setting listed prior to taking part in any competition.
MX1 Class equivalent – A maximum output of up to 60hp/45kW.
Information on how to lock the power output of the Stark VARG is available here.

Additional Information:
Normal race distance, duration or times should not be altered to accommodate Electric Machines.
Eligibility or regulations focused on Electric Machines can be changed at any time to ensure fair and even competition. The use of lower power settings than those listed is permitted. Electric Machines can compete in standalone classes if numbers permit.

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