Return of bikes to Barbagallo stalls

Implementing the Hall Report’s recommendations are paramount to whether motorcycle racing can resume at Barbagallo Raceway, according to Motorcycling Australia. Picture: Keith Muir/Cycleonline

THE return of motorcycle racing to Barbagallo Raceway appears to have stalled as the bodies involved disagree about what is needed for rider training and racing to return to the raceway.

Motorcycling Australia and Motorcycling WA say from the outset they have endorsed a state government-commissioned report as the standard for modifications to the track.

A report by Chris Hall from Hall Technical was commissioned by the Department of Sport and Recreation after the death of 28-year-old Daniel Chadbund during a motorcycle event at the raceway on April 30, 2016.

In the safety report (released publicly on December 9, 2016) Mr Hall concluded the raceway’s layout and barrier design meant the circuit was associated with a significant number of critical risk items making it unsafe for motorcycle racing but also highlighting concerns about Turn 3 for car racing as well.

Mr Hall said the Barbagallo circuit was comparable with FIA (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) grade 3 level and Motorcycling Australia national level but the run offs at some turns did not meet requirements.

“A targeted risk assessment of the non-compliant items at the circuit has indicated high and extreme risk levels at various locations,’’ he said.

On December 19 Motorcycling Australia and Motorcycling WA said after writing to Sports Minister Mick Murray and the Department of Local Government, Sport and  Cultural Industries (DLGSC) (formerly the Department of Sports and Recreation) clarifying MA/MWA’s position in relation to the progress of the return of motorcycling to Barbagallo Raceway that key stakeholders would meet to discuss the issue on January 30.

Key stakeholders include Mr Murray and representatives from DLGSC, Motorcycling Australia,  Motorcycling Western Australia, City of Wanneroo and  West Australian Sporting Car Club.