News 15 May 2024

Staring to remain disqualified from Queensland after MA dismissal

MotoGo ASBK team continues to maintain that the bike was legal.

Image: Foremost Media.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has determined that MotoGo rider Bryan Staring’s YZF-R1M was illegal in race two at Queensland Raceway’s third round of the 2024 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), citing an ineligible component – alleged clutch modifications – discovered upon post-race inspection. As a result, his disqualification will stand following multiple hearings.

The disqualification was quickly appealed via a protest lodged by MotoGo in line with ASBK sporting regulations, resulting in a formal hearing led by MA steward Peter Smith that enabled both the team and series race direction to submit evidence in response to any findings.

That hearing was adjourned following a review of the initial case details and ‘further specialist help’ was sought, as well as requesting added supporting evidence. Upon inspecting the additional information presented, MA steward Smith opted to dismiss the protest of MotoGo and the disqualification will stand.

Upon being contacted by CycleOnline this afternoon for clarification on any discrepancy that has led to MA’s decision, MotoGo owner Patrick Li expressed his disappointment in the outcome and continues to maintain the team’s innocence – considering further legal advice at this point. Staring finished the race in eighth position, which placed him ninth overall prior to his disqualification.

Today’s statement as distributed by MA this afternoon reads in full as follows:

Following the Disqualification Superbike #67 at ASBK Rd.3 – QR. The MA Steward accepted a Protest from Superbike #67 and conducted a formal MA Steward hearing to hear the case presented by both sides and review relevant evidence.

Upon reviewing this case details, testimony, and evidence submitted in the Hearing, the MA Steward adjourned the case and requested further specialist help and support evidence.

In reviewing this additional information, the MA Steward has made the Determination to Dismiss the Protest by Superbike #67 – and the results of SBK Race 2 with the Disqualification of Superbike #67 will stand.

All relevant parties have been advised of the process for appeal as outlined in Chapter 5 of the 2024 Manual of Motorcycle Sport.