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Australian Motorcycle Racing

Australian motorcycle racing is big. Australia is a big place after all, so it stands to reason that Aussies would love things with motors that go very fast. Of course, people who like to go very fast on motorcycles are a breed apart no matter what country they reside in, but in Australia there seems to be a higher percentage of these crazed adrenaline junkies than in other national populations.

In 1928 the Auto Cycle Council of Australia (ACCA) was founded. The ACCA became the representative body for organized motorcycle racing at the national level, providing a single recognized authority for the many motorcycle clubs and state-level associations that had been formed by the earliest generation of motorcycle enthusiasts. Over the years the ACCA oversaw the growth of motorcycle sporting by organizing and sponsoring competitions across the country, and laying the foundation for future Australian success in the world championships.

By the 1980s the sport had lost its amateur character and had grown into a modern professional sport, and the ACCA grew along with the popularity and growing professionalism of Australian motorcycle racing. A permanent office in Melbourne and a full time professional staff were in place by the end of the decade, and in 1992 the acronym ACCA was replaced with the name "Motorcycling Australia" to reflect a progressive and modern image and allow easy identification with motorcycling as a competitive professional sport.

Motorcycling is a diverse sport with a number of unique disciplines. High speed Grand Prix Superbike Road Racing is the most glamorous and high profile discipline of motorcycle racing, but there are many other disciplines that range from Motocross and Supercross dirt bike competitions, Enduro cross-country endurance racing, Speedway racing where the bikes have no brakes or suspension and is, in a word, insane; Track racing, which combines motocross and Speedway racing, four-wheel Quad racing, and many other disciplines and sub-disciplines besides.

Today the Motorcycling Australia organization has more than 350 affiliated clubs, sanctions more than 60 events every year, and has over 21,000 members competing at all levels, from amateur hobbyists all the way up to the world-class professional ranks. With this kind of organization and enthusiasm behind it, Australian motorcycle racing can only grow even bigger and more popular as time moves onward.