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Clubs Newsletter - April

In this issue:
  • Register for the AGM
  • Welcome Dan Batchelor
  • Blue copies of OELs
  • Championship wrap-ups
  • Motocross numbers
  • Recreation & Leisure Commissioner
  • Vounteer Recognition
Champions have now been crowned as the NZSBK and NZMX Championships wrapped up this month - Summer is over and the cooler weather is on its way as we look ahead to some great winter racing! 

Please be reminded that registrations for the 2019 AGM & Conference close next Friday 26th April. 

The conference is being held from 17th - 19th May at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor in Wellington.

There are workshops held for each discipline which are a valuable place to discuss the future of the sport. Members are welcome to attend the conference and/or the AGM but you must be registered. Clubs also must register their attendees or register an apology by 26th April.

The Saturday evening will see a dinner held at the conference venue to honour the latest inductees to the Motorcycling Hall of Fame. 
If you have any queries, please contact

Motorcycling New Zealand is pleased to announce that the appointment of Dan Batchelor as the new Officials Commissioner will take place at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 19th May. 

MNZ wishes to firstly extend a huge thank you to outgoing Officials Commissioner Andrew Presant for his exceptional dedication to this role over the last 4 years. MNZ is reliant on our volunteers and Andrew has gone above and beyond in order to fulfill the often extreme requirements that the position entails. We look forward to continue working with Andrew in other such official roles as his skills and knowledge is invaluable to MNZ and our members. 

Dan has a wealth of experience after 13 years as an MNZ Official and more than 8 at the National level across all disciplines. He is an accredited FIM Environmental Steward and understands this is an important aspect of our sport as the country works toward an increasingly "green" movement. Dan has held roles at international FIM Trials and Supercross events and was the series Steward for the 2019 Fox NZ Motocross Championship. 

With approximately 500 MNZ Officials around the country, this is not a small task but we thank Dan for his application and visions and look forward to working with him.

MNZ is also thrilled to announce the re-appointment of Justin Stevenson to the Enduro Commissioner role for a further two-year term. Justin has been doing some great work behind the scenes and we are pleased to be able to see this continue to improve the Enduro discipline. Yamaha New Zealand has got behind the NZ Championship in 2019 which provides a great boost.

2019 has seen a change in the way this series was run, with MNZ now owning and organising the Championship and paying the Clubs a host fee. This has enabled more consistency across the events and we are proud of how our host clubs delivered their rounds. A special thanks to Taranaki, Rotorua, Pukekohe and Taupo Motorcycle Clubs, their committees and their volunteers for the huge amount of time and effort they put in to the series. 

Gate numbers at all rounds were up on last year and the social media and livestreaming feeds were very popular, reaching around 349,000 people! We look forward to further growth in 2020!

Well, what a season 2019 NZSBK turned out to be - some of the closest racing, the highest drama and the best attendance we’ve seen in a long time. MNZ also owns this Championship and this format has been in place for 2 seasons now. The five round format was popular with riders, and although there were two long breaks in the season, we managed to keep the momentum going from start to finish.
The Superbike class was decided by one point, with Daniel Mettam just edging Scott Moir out in the final race of the season. This season saw Avalon Biddle make history twice by taking out the Supersport 600 championship and the TT title for the class, the first woman ever to do so. 
Big thanks to all sponsors particularly DHL, and to Motorcycling Canterbury, South Canterbury, Auckland, Victoria and Hamilton Motorcycle Clubs for their continued support. 

A reminder to Clubs and their meeting Stewards that the blue copies of One Event Licences are required to be submitted to the MNZ Office following an event.

An update has been made to MNZ's licence/bike number policy for the motocross discipline. The numbers 1 to 10 will be held for those riders who were placed 1 to 10 in the preceding New Zealand Senior or Junior Motocross Championship. These numbers will not be given to any other rider.

Once the championship has been completed and the final overall placings confirmed, it is the riders responsibility to contact the MNZ Office if they wish to have their number changed on their licence, which will be done free of charge.

When the following year’s New Zealand Championship has been run, these riders will be contacted by the MNZ Office to inform them that their number needs to be changed and a new licence will be issued free of charge.

All other numbers above 10 are issued on first come, first serve basis when a competitor’s licence is being reissued.


MNZ is seeking to fill the role of Recreation & Leisure Commissioner. This is an exciting role which will be predominately focused on Trail Riding and other such recreational events.
This is an important part of our sport and is enjoying a renewed focus as a pathway for racers old and new. There are some great Clubs around the country that have a prime focus on trail riding.

Please see here for a role description and application form or call Virginia to discuss on 07 828 7852.
A reminder to keep sending in nomination forms for your star volunteers, as every quarter we reward two people from around the country with a $150.00 Prezzy Card. Following this, each year at the AGM, one Volunteer of the Year will be drawn from the successful quarterly nominees and they will win an Air New Zealand Mystery Break.

The next round closes on 8th June.

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