CHIEFS at Preston and District Motorcycle Club have revealed a number of changes to proceedings in a bid to bolster 2020 grids.
In a trend which looks to be steadily sweeping the nation, PDMCC has decided to open its Twins class to 700cc four-strokes to accommodate the new generation of two-cylinder machines including the Yamaha MT07 and the new Aprilia RS660.
The club’s race format will also change slightly for this season as riders are set to take up a race one grid spot based on morning qualifying, and a second race grid spot based on his or her finishing position in race one.
In the Up To 500cc class, GP-spec 125 machines as well as Moto3 and Formula 125 bikes will be eligible as bosses hope to encourage more entries into the class.
Bosses will also appoint an ACU eligibility officer in the StreetStock 125 class to maintain the level playing field the class has been touted for since its inception in 2016.
PDMCC’s popular 125 Evo Class and GP 50 class is to be merged into the Evo-Tech category but still allow unlimited tuning of either 125cc four-stroke or 50cc two-stroke machinery, in any chassis, using bike not scooter sized wheels and a chain final drive.
While club chiefs admit they have seen a slight slump in Classic entries over the years, they have agreed to keep the class open – but are calling for more entries to keep the class on track.
But as UK Clubsport highlighted in Issue 11, the drop in incoming marshal numbers is – as with all clubs – playing havoc, as new Chairman Ste Tomlinson Jnr explains.
“Our Marshals are not getting any younger, with most of them the top side of 60,” he said.
“Can we please ask that if you can’t race for any particular reason, can you stick your hand up to help out? It would be hugely appreciated and you would be able to see things on the other side of the fence.”
Ahead of a planned ACU licensing course on March 13, there will also be a marshals training day this Sunday at the club’s home track of Three Sisters in Wigan.
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