2019 4-Day Enduro Officially Cancelled

1 year ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: John Pearson Media

A month ago, Motorcycling Australia (MA) announced that the 2019 Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) – set to take place at Moruya on the NSW South Coast from May 1-5 – had been postponed while they sought an alternative date for the event. Unfortunately, another workable date could not be found, leaving MA with no option but to officially announce that the 2019 A4DE has been cancelled altogether. Which is sad news because this is the second time in the past three years that the 4-Day has been canned. In fact, it’s only the second time in the prestigious event’s otherwise uninterrupted 41-year history!
So, what’s going on? Well, MA’s press release about the 2019 4-Day’s cancellation didn’t offer a whole lot of clarity, and MA has not returned Transmoto’s calls this week to shed any further light on the situation. The PR makes no mention of where and when (or even whether) the 2020 A4DE will take place; instead referring to an AORC round using an Enduro format at Moruya at some unspecific date in 2020. And instead of stating the incontrovertible fact that State Forest is increasingly intent on eroding licenced dirt bike riders’ right to ride and race legally in state forest on registered bikes, MA’s PR makes euphemistic reference to “government approval delays” as the reason behind the 2019 event’s cancellation.
Anyhow, here’s the full version of MA’s PR about the 2019 4-Day’s cancellation. We’ll let you be the judge about whether it makes sense, or actually raises more questions than it answers…

After much discussion and collaboration, Motorcycling Australia (MA) advises that the 2019 Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) has been officially cancelled. The Motorcycling New South Wales (MNSW) Enduro Committee and Far South Coast Motorcycle Club have confirmed that, due to government approval delays surrounding the environment in which the 41st edition was to be held, the postponement of the event has officially been changed to cancellation.
Ensuring that Moruya, NSW, has the opportunity to host a national enduro event, MA can confirm that 2020 will feature a two-day, two-round Enduro format in Moruya for the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC). This new two-day Enduro event will provide both club and competitor to experience a multi-day Enduro competition in preparation for the 2020 A4DE and FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE).
Following the same format as the A4DE and ISDE, this two-day two-round AORC event will feature a Parc Ferme, overnight lock-up, plus the opportunity for competitors who dropped out on Day 1 to return for Day 2 with a new, scrutineered bike. Upholding Australia’s undisputed enduro talent internationally, this new two-day AORC event will support in fostering the growth of Off-Road competitors across the nation.
MA apologises for the disappointing update to a much-anticipated world-class event and appreciates the inconvenience this causes to all already entered competitors. To ensure the least amount of disruption to riders and teams alike, full refunds will be provided by the A4DE Committee. All queries surrounding the cancelled event and refunds are to be directed directly to the A4DE Secretary, via secretary2019@a4de.com.au
MA looks forward to seeing all competitors, fans and teams at the 41st edition of the A4DE next year.

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