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New motorbike competition showcases motorbike safety


A new motorcyclist competition is being launched to promote safety skills and will aim to reduce accident rates for bikers under 30.

Swinton Insurance is the main sponsor of BikeFest South and has launched the Swinton Southern Young Biker of The Year. This competition will invite bikers from across the South East to demonstrate skills in three areas: on-the-road riding, slow speed machine handling and completing a Highway Code test. The assessor will be an IAM senior observer who will follow entrants for 30-35 minutes on the local roads to assess riding skills.

The competition will take place at BikeFest South on June 11 at the Goodwood Motor Racing circuit.

There are prizes for male and female heat winners in three age groups (16-20, 21-25 and 26-30). The overall winner will walk away with a two week biking trek to Peru, one year’s free insurance from Swinton, a free IAM RoadSmart course and VIP entry to BikeFest South 2018.

Each heat winner will receive a £100 voucher from Helmet City, a free IAM Roadsmart course and discounted insurance from Swinton. Prizes will be presented by Kent’s young biking superstar, Bradley Ray, who has just signed to the Buildbase Suzuki team in the MCE British Superbike series.

Entry costs £10 and includes free admission to BikeFest South, where over 100 new motorcycles will be available for visitors to road test.

Dan Agate, head of the motorcycle unit at Swinton Insurance, said: 

"We’re sponsoring this competition to find the country’s best and safest young rider in the South East. As one of the UK’s leading motorbike insurers we want this competition to publicise the benefits of learning advanced riding skills among young riders.

“We know riders under 30 are most at risk of accidents on the road and account for over half of all those killed or seriously injured every year. We hope this competition will be an exciting way to teach vital survival skills."

Peter Smith, event director of BikeFest South, the competition organisers’, said:

“Almost half of motorcycle accidents involve riders under the age of 30, even though they make up just 15% of bikers. This competition will celebrate safe young riders. If you think you’ve got what it takes enter and you’ll be in with a chance to winning some fantastic prizes and pick up safety skills which could save your life.”

For more information about the Swinton Southern Young Biker Of the Year and details on how to enter, visit