Sometimes members of a local motorbike club have had the opportunity to practice on many occasions: cross-country competitions on an off-road course organised for young people or on a circuit closed to all public traffic located at a distance not far from the main artery of the city.

Is it compulsory to have a licence for a motocross bike?

And, seeing, precisely, the incessant and very perilous movements of these young motorcyclists with their competition machines, it systematically comes to the mind of the observers who are there, pertinent questions related to the obligation or not to have a motorbike cross licence during such festivities. It follows that, in order to provide adequate answers to the huge questions, it is necessary to know essentially what the legislation foresees around the conditions of access to a motorbike riding licence in recent times.

The categorisation of a motorbike riding licence is, above all, a function of the engine capacity.

In any case, and according to the laws in force, it is possible to obtain an A1 permit, commonly known as permit 125, from the age of 16. Of course, this first category is valid for riding a motorbike that cannot exceed 125 m3 in terms of cylinder capacity. And, for the intermediate licence, known as the A2, it has been identified that it was adopted in June 2016 and was issued, as it was, to new motorcyclists who have just successfully completed their regulatory training. In addition, it is only after two years of holding such a licence that they are entitled to be issued Category A Licence. Moreover, this time, there is no longer any limitation on the volume of engine capacity, however, an additional training of at least 7 hours is compulsory for the person concerned in order to obtain the envisaged A licence.

Non-approved cross-country motorbikes are not allowed on public roads.

In any case, cross-country motorbikes that are not homologated do not, quite rightly, have the right to circulate freely on public roads. Moreover, they are not officially issued with a vehicle registration document, like the two-wheelers which have the registration document for use on roads open to the public. Subsequently, no licence is required to drive a motocross motorbike during the competition, on condition that you do not drive outside the competition grounds. To get to the competition grounds, the motocross motorbike must be transported on a trailer. And, in any case, it is compulsory by law to take out insurance for these motorbikes, even if they are not homologated.