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Toseland: Motorcycles can help tackle yob culture

Britain's MotoGP hopeful calls on Government to support motorcycling initiatives for youngsters

MOTOGP RACER James Toseland has called on the Government to recognise the benefits of motorcycle sport for young people in Britain today.

Toseland has given his support to the newly-formed Motorcycle Sport Political Strategy Group (MPS), which is a joint venture from the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the Amateur Motor Cycle Association (AMCA) and the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) to combat the increasing political and social pressures threatening motorcycle sport in the UK.

The former double World Superbike Champion said: “If I didn’t have the opportunity to start my motorcycling career at Bracken Rocks as a child, it is unlikely that I would still be fortunate enough to be representing my country in MotoGP. The amount of support that I receive from the British fans is incredible and is indicative of the country’s level of interest in motorcycle sport.

“In general, we tend to start our two-wheel careers much later than other European countries – a disadvantage on the world stage – so the suggestion that the Government would like to add further barriers is incomprehensible. It astounds me that I frequently hear criticism of British youth and a developing yob culture, but at the same time the Government insists on removing opportunities that could help to provide focus and discipline in a fun environment. I wish the MPS the best of luck with their campaign.”

The need for the MPS has grown out of pressure on off-road sport venues and increasing environmental focus upon motorcycle sport. A common lobbying voice is needed and that is where the MPS will step in with the aim of securing support from Parliamentarians and the Government for motorcycle sport activities.

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