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The Real Cost of Racing

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Rick Gill, Executive Director at Motorcycling WA has taken a deeper look into the REAL cost of going racing for a state based racer in Western Australia.

Gill looks into the cost of racing and compares it to how much of each riders money goes back to the governing body to who help ensure that many of us have somewhere safe to ride and race most weekends of the year.

While the cost of riding and racing can change significantly from rider to rider and family to family and also the break down of costs from state to state can vary, Gill's insight below is certainly and interesting read.

THE REAL COST OF RACING

It is no secret that it costs real and hard earned dollars to race these days. While it can be expensive in any sport; purchasing bike and gear, maintenance, event entry, travel costs, club membership MA/MWA administrative charges all take participating in motorcycle sport to a whole new level.

So what is the cost of competition these days? It is very difficult as there is no ‰Û÷one size fits all‰Ûª rider average, but let‰Ûªs make some assumptions that the typical rider is a motocross/offroad rider (who are 65% of MWA membership); is a member of 1 club, competes in 12 events per year (6 of them state titles); averages 100km travel to each event; has one machine and buys a new bike every 3 years at a cost of $10,000 and trades for $5000; spends around $1800 on maintenance such as tyres, oils, chains, sprockets and other consumables; doesn‰Ûªt rebuild his engine or have any major failures; and has around $5000 tied up in riding gear, spares, trailers or bike transporter.

Of course the ‰Û÷average‰Ûª rider will vary significantly depending on what discipline is involved, at what level the rider competes at, number of machines owned and the level of maintenance or bike related failures are financed.
The chart above gives a breakdown of your average rider and where the money goes.
By far and away bike related costs make up the bulk of a riders costs. No great surprise so far. However it does put into perspective the actual relativity of two very important components that allow this rider to actually go and compete.

One is club membership. At just 2% of annual costs, Motorcycling Western Australian clubs provide the venue and the opportunity for every rider to practice and to race and is exceptional value.

The other is the administrative costs that are collected through the issue of your race licence and your entry and participation at events.

At 7% or just over $500, while not large, never-the-less it is a cost imposed that is not often well understood, and the services that result through your peak bodies of Motorcycling Western Australia and Motorcycling Australia are important and essential to not only ensure this rider can compete, but the sport is sustainable into the future.

Just some of the essential services Motorcycling Western Australia and Motorcycling Australia provide are: insurance, sport development, officials and coach training, developing and applying risk management to protect riders, clubs and the sport, liaising with local, state and federal government where it affects riders and clubs, developing new programs, going to schools to talk motorcycling, sponsorship advice and the list goes on.
A rough break down of the administration costs of riding and racing, can be seen in the pie chart above
Motorcycling Western Australia retains around $320 of the average rider‰Ûªs annual contribution, with the rest going to Motorcycling Australia to provide national services, insurances and training.

To break down where your dollar goes even further, let‰Ûªs look at what it costs to enter a single state MX round. As before, this figure may vary for other events and other disciplines.
The above chart shows the break down costs of a state based race in Western Australia
For 2014, the cost to enter a state round is $115 including transponder hire and a medical levy. Your club, or promoter uses their share of the money pie to provide services at the event, and to go back to maintaining the venue and other club services. Transponder hire fees are used by MWA to maintain and replace the system, which has a life of around 5 years.

With the ‰Û÷average‰Ûª rider annually spending around $7000, an investment of $320 for Motorcycling Western Australia to provide the services that it does to sustain our sport is extremely valuable.

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