The Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd is the Governing body for motorcycle tarmac sporting events in Northern Ireland. We are also part of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland which controls all Ireland. We are affiliated to the Federation International Motorcyclist which governs the sport globally. All are referred to as MCUI(UC), MCUI and FIM.
Our MCUI(UC) Tarmac Committee have been looking at ways of encouraging younger competitors into our sport, most European Countries start coaching and training from very young ages. This is something we have missed out on in the UK but are slowly catching up.
We are very proud to have currently several teenagers competing at British Championship level and at some Moto GP rounds in the British Talent Cup series.
To ensure of making it easier to access our series we are introducing a New Machine to the Short Circuit Championship which will allow the young 12yr old competitors to make a switch from Mini Moto/ Pit bike racing into the National series, Currently the Ulster Superbike Championship. Minibike/ Pit bike racing has competitors from the age of 4 upwards racing most weekends and at evening practice sessions.
The Tianda TD300 is a purpose-built race machine which comes with very competitive price packages to start racing with, it will also have a 4 stroke power unit which will be sealed by our Technical team before leaving the suppliers.
This machine along with the current Aprilla 125 and Junior Cup machines will make up one Class and Championship in 2020.
Class title name still to be decided.
Over the last two months we have had several riders test the new machine out at different circuits with great feedback and positive comments from all involved.
The Machine will be on display at Rounds 9 Bishopscourt on 21st & 22nd September and Round 10 at St Angelo 5th October.
Misano Imports spoke person said “The Tianda TDR300 is a purpose-built race bike which is the perfect tool for developing and nurturing young talent on a level playing field while importantly having an affordable price point, making it accessible to riders across the board. The modern era of 4 stroke has now taken over all major competitions and we hope that with the Tianda true talent can shine.
The idea of bringing this bike to the short circuit scene in Ireland initially seemed a daunting if not an impossible task with no class or rules in place. After many discussions, testing, hard work and concerted effort from many parties and people who worked selflessly on the project, we have achieved the ultimate end goal, to get the TDR300 out on track.
The MCUI (UC) thankfully showed the vision to accept this bike, giving our young talented racers the platform to succeed and importantly puts on par with huge motorcycling countries like Spain and Italy who run similar premoto4 youth championships”.
Packages will be available over the next few weeks on our USBK website and social media pages.
MCUI(UC) Tarmac Convenor