Thank you for taking part in our Dirt Track Questionnaire. You will notice this questionnaire focuses only on a couple of aspects of the sport and doesn’t include a lot of reference to sliders or sidecars. Be assured discussion around sliders and sidecars will follow via other means.

We are keen to get your opinion on these questions in order to help us work toward formulating new programs to grow the sport into the future.

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* 1. Some of the positive things that Dirt Track provides is that it can be a great entry point for new riders, it is a great feeder class for other disciplines, and can be done relatively cheaply compared to some other disciplines. However, after feedback received over the past few years, it has become apparent to Motorcycling NSW that there is a common factor deterring people from entering into Dirt Track, and that is the need to have multiple bikes to get a decent amount of ride time. Which in turn makes it not so financially attractive.

Given the above information, if the sport was able to provide more ride time for each class, with a reduction in classes, so that riders with only one or two bikes could get the same amount of race time as they do now with 3 or 4 bikes, do you believe that it would make the sport more attractive for new people contemplating entering the sport?

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* 2. Do you see any other benefits in having less classes with additional ride time per class? If so, what would they be?

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* 3. Do you see any negatives to having less classes with more ride time per class?

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* 4. Do you believe there should be more emphasis on having OEM (stock) engines in Junior racing? Why/why not?

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* 5. Do you believe there should be more emphasis on having OEM engines in Senior racing (other than an “Open” class?

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* 6. The recent Sultans of Slide series that ran in NSW limited all junior and senior riders to riding in one regular class, but with racing and practice they all spent over 60 laps on track per round on that one bike. This was an attempt to provide better value for riders, and less work looking after bikes in the pits. Do you believe more events like this would attract people to the sport with the added value for people with only one bike?

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* 7. At the Sultans of Slide series all classes from Junior 125/250 to senior 250 and 450 classes were running 19 inch wheels with American style flat track tyres. This was an attempt to show that this setup can work on both loose dirt and oiled surfaces, with a view to allowing riders to run one setup and be able to ride at any track, rather than having the multiple tyre and wheel combinations we have now if you want to ride at different tracks. In our post-event survey, 100% of participants replied that this setup was the best way to go. Do you think it would be a positive step in introducing the 19 inch wheel set up across more events?

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* 8. From yearly licence reports, it is clear that Dirt track racing is currently in decline. Why do you think that is? You can choose multiple answers

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* 9. What do you believe would increase participation? 

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* 10. The current format for racing creates a lot of work for officials, particularly race secretaries who have to complete all the draws and gate draws before the event. Do you believe a simpler race format to reduce this workload would be worth it, or should we stay the same?

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* 11. The FIM has announced a new World Championship for Flat track, and obviously there is also the American Flat Track series for our riders to aspire to. Motorcycling NSW believes we need to create an effective pathway for riders who aspire to follow those dreams. Do you believe that should be a focus for us as a sport? why/why not?

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* 12. Goals for our Sport moving forward – nominate which goal you believe our sport should be striving toward

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