Racers zoom in to exciting new season

NEW riders and a number of changes are sure to make 2013 one of the most exciting in the 21-year history of the North Coast Road Racers.

The season begins with a two-day event at the Lismore Kart Track this weekend.

The club has almost doubled its numbers from 2012 and has a new junior class this year.

"We're probably looking at about 50 riders at each event," new president James Britton said.

"We've got a lot of new guys starting and it should be a successful year.

"We're probably becoming a bit more sophisticated and not classed as budget racing anymore."

A new track licence means single cylinder bikes up to 500cc will be allowed to race.

There are about eight race classes from 125cc stock bike class to 250cc GP and 500cc motorbikes.

Motorcycling NSW has also given the club three practice bikes for newcomers interested in joining.

The road racers were keen to get more youth at the club last season.

"Someone can turn up with their leathers and pay a practice licence for the morning to have a ride and see if they like it," Britton said. "We really want to attract more juniors and I think this will help."

There will be three club events in Lismore this year with race meetings set down at Grafton, Port Macquarie and Stanthorpe.

An inter-club event between Lismore and Port Macquarie is also in the works.

The Lismore events usually attract riders from as far afield as Brisbane and Canberra. Riders as young as 10 can compete, with marshals and accredited coaches at each event.

Club rider Justin Thomas is the son of ex super bike champion Gary Thomas and will be teaching people at the club this year.

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