News 15 Jun 2011

Fun for a cause at first Reece Bancell Memorial Association Trivia Night

Suzuki RACESAFE is a vital aspect of Australian motorcycle racing.

Suzuki RACESAFE is a vital aspect of Australian motorcycle racing.

The sport of road racing in Australia may be fiercely competitive but remains on-track thanks largely to its tight-knit community of participants and supporters.

Last week’s Reece Bancell Memorial Association Trivia Night, held in Ipswich, brought together riders and teams in town for the fifth round of the QBE Australian Superbike Championships.

At the end of a busy day the Trivia Night saw camaraderie replace competition – and all for a good cause.

Funds raised from the event were donated directly to Suzuki RACESAFE, the ASBK’s official trackside medical service that provides expert care and advice to riders.

Simon Maas, director of Emergency Services for Suzuki RACESAFE, thanked the Reece Bancell Memorial Association and those in attendance for their continued support.

“On behalf of the entire Suzuki RACESAFE Medical Team once again our thanks goes to the Reece Bancell Memorial Association for their efforts to assist rider safety on a wonderfully fun night,” said Maas.

“Suzuki RACESAFE has had a long running and highly supportive relationship from RBMA for many years now and their fund raising has directly lead to equipment which has helped save lives and make a real different to riders and families in the ASBK paddock. My hats off to Jill and the RBMA committee.

“The Suzuki RACESAFE team is very proud to wear the RMBA logo along with major sponsor Suzuki Australia, as both organisations share our passion and dedication to rider safety.

“It was great to see some of the teams, riders and families get along for a great night of trivia, auctions and a good laugh. It’s always fun to share these moments with the ASBK racing community away from the pressures of the track.

“The Suzuki RACESAFE team and I had a really fun night with a cause that benefits everyone in the pit area.”

Perry Morison, general manager, motorcycles of Suzuki Australia said the evening was a good way to bring together ASBK participants while supporting the trackside efforts of Suzuki RACESAFE.

“Ours is a close industry so it is good to get together and support such a worthy cause,” said Morison. “It was a great idea and I extend my thanks on behalf of Suzuki to Jill Bancell and her team for all of the hard work they put in.

“Simon and the entire Suzuki RACESAFE team are committed to the safety and well-being of our riders and are a vital part of the sport.”

It was a noteworthy weekend for the Reece Bancell Memorial Association on track also, with its 2011 scholarship holder, Mike Jones, claiming victory in the Suzuki Superstock class with a round still remaining.

Jones, 17, has won every race contested this season and with a strong work ethic and personable approach seems headed for even greater success in road racing.

Scholarship applications for 2012 close at the conclusion of the penultimate round on 13 November, with further information available at