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ACU Race Licence

ACU Race Licence

To go racing you will need to complete a Competitor Training Course (CTC) and Basic Riding Assessment (BRA) to obtain your ACU licence. Our ACU Licence Assessments are £189 and in the summer months. They span across a late afternoon to evening. This is the licence needed to race with road racing clubs and attend ACU test days. Alternatively this is a good fast-track route to track days if you have a restricted road licence and want to come and play!

Our circuit assessments include top instructors and LOTS of on-circuit time to give you the best chance of passing to get your licence. You will get to practice, learn and enjoy riding with 4 x 15 minute on-circuit sessions plus a 5th to practice your 'race start'! More than just a handful of laps!

The process for applying for an ACU road licence is online and ALL new for 2023.


Once you have booked one of test dates listed towards the bottom of this page, you will need to create a profile on this ACU licence website: acu.sport80 and enter lots of information; Profile, photo, medical questionnaire, eye test, residency info and DVLA road licence info if applicable. It is best done on a desk-top computer rather than a phone - online tutorial. Then email us this has been completed along with your newly created Member ID number (critical)

At your class (CTC) and riding assessment (BRA) we have to cross-check your photo and Member ID number.


There will be an online presentation lasting approximately 90 minutes by a top clerk of the course from BMCRC on the safety and organisation requirements to participate, followed by a multiple choice test. You will be joined by fellow future racers and have the ideal environment to ask further questions and talk things through. This will be in the form of a live online presentation by Zoom in the week leading up to the ridden test date booked. A link for this will be emailed closer to the test date by the BMCRC.


The on-circuit assessment is on your own bike. It must be suitable for the intended use and subject to our usual track day requirements (it doesn't have to be a race bike). 

If you don't hold a full DVLA a licence to ride a motorcycle on the road then you should apply for a 'Novice level' licence. This restricts you to racing a bike of 600cc or less - the bike you bring to the test also needs to be 600cc (650cc twin) or less. A motorbike licence is not required as a Novice Licence holder but you need good command of a motorbike and in a position to pass the test. 

If you have a full road going licence then you will apply for 'Intermediate Novice level' and the capacity of the bike you use is then unlimited.

One-piece leathers are compulsory. You must be able to demonstrate that you are a competent rider on circuit and that you can lap consistently in a safe and controlled manner amongst other traffic. You must be proficient in the areas below:

  • Basic machine craft - can you ride a motorbike?
  • Using the track safely - throttle control, use of brakes, gears, riding style
  • Corner Speed and Exit - hold a reasonable pace, use of lines, circuit rider awareness, obeying flags
  • Practice Start - go through the race start procedure: grid position, sighting, warm-up - start!  

We have an excellent pass rate. We are not looking for lap records and although it is a test, you will enjoy it!  If you think that you need some training on track prior to sitting your test (and already hold a full road bike licence) please visit the Track Academy page of our website.

On-track assessment registration is on the date booked at: 16:00 with a finish at 20:00. Once completed you will be able to complete the application for your ACU race licence with any club, entitling you to race and take part in bike track days and test days.


Pop back onto the acu.sport80 website and select 'competitor documentation' under both CTC and BRA confirm the date of the course. We will then receive a notification to approve the application and you are ready to race! The licence you receive is an 'e-licence' that you show on your phone. The ACU will then post out your novice bib.

2023 dates will feature on our calendar for booking

The licence process in summary

  • Step 1 – Book the ACU test with us
  • Step 2 – Create a profile on the ACU licence website. Enter all information
  • Step 3 – Email us with newly created Member ID number
  • Step 4 – A week before the assessment, the CTC (classroom course) will be conducted via zoom (dates & final instructions will be provided in advance of this via email)
  • Step 5 – BRA (ridden assessment) on the date you booked in step 1
  • Step 6 – Pop back onto your ACU profile and enter the date of your course
  • Step 7 – Receive e-licence confirmation

The price for juniors (under 18) is £259 due to lower pupil to instructor ratios - please email to register your interest for under 18 as junior assessments are subject to demand and places very limited; 

Key Points
  • Written multiple choice test & on-circuit assessment
  • Quality circuit time
  • Summer months
  • Licence accepted by all road race clubs

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