Pursuit Racing
Pursuit Racing

Pursuit Racing

Pursuit racing is intended to be a showcase for the best of Scottish road racing here at the Grampian Motorcycle Convention.  Due to the limited size of the track here at Alford we can’t run full blooded races so we run pursuit racing, (an event we borrowed from the world of track cycling) where the bikes start in the same place but are effectively half a lap apart and then spend 3 laps trying to hunt each other down. The winner is the rider who completes their 3 laps in the fastest time.

This is the one event run at the Convention where bikes from different disciplines can race against each other, demonstrating the abilities of the road bikes against the race bikes or off-road bikes or Supermoto bikes or even quad bikes.  A lot depends on the track and the weather conditions, but whatever the conditions surprising results are guaranteed.

Over the last few years we have had many, mainly local riders, including multiple Scottish Superbike Champion Bruce Birnie out on the track, and what entertainment they give us year on year. Who can forget Bruce in relentless pursuit of a considerably more nimble Supermoto bike and the amazing photo finish that took the breath away. The small tight track is quite a leveller with the really big bikes being unable to use their power advantage.

Track racing in Scotland now only takes place in two venues, Knockhill near Dunfermline and East Fortune near Haddington. This wasn’t always the case though we reckon over time about sixteen circuits have been in use including two run by the Bon Accord Club at Crimond and latterly at Edzell.
Over the years Scotland has produced its fair share of racing heroes and most of them started at East Fortune or Knockhill. Names like Niall Mackenzie, Steve Hislop, Donnie McLeod, Jock Taylor and Brian Morrison to name but a few. These days most newcomers are attracted to racing by taking part in trackdays where the thrill of riding a motorcycle at high speed can be achieved in relative safety and without risking your driving licence.

Now we can’t pretend that road racing is ever going to be cheap, but there are ways to go racing without breaking the bank. The Pre Injection 600 class is designed to be a less expensive way to get started in the road racing sport. Given that the bikes must be standard production bikes running with carburettors, most of the bikes are about 10 years old now, which in turn makes them considerably cheaper to buy and run than a new fuel injected 600.

If you are interested in starting road racing get in touch with us here at the Bon Accord Club and we will put you in touch with the right people or alternatively go on the internet search engines and look for Knockhill Motorsports Club and Melville Motorcycle Club.