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Police Scotland will be in action at the Blue Light festival
Police Scotland will be in action at the Blue Light festival

Motorcyclists across Grampian are being invited to test their skills at a track event hosted by motorcycle safety campaign, Operation Zenith.

The free track evening will be held at Grampian Transport Museum in Alford on Friday, May 31, from 6pm to 9pm.

Motorcyclists are invited to take their bike to the track and test out their bike skills on a special manoeuvrability course. Prizes are being offered to the bikers who show the greatest control.

Expert riders will be on hand to offer track riding advice and specialist knowledge.

Bike dealers, including Aberdeen-based Shirlaws and Honda Ecosse will be there, along with local training providers.

First Aid knowledge will also be provided at the event.

Around 150 bikers attended the first Operation Zenith track day in July 2012.

Now in its fourth year, Operation Zenith is a partnership with Aberdeen City, Shire and Moray Councils, Police Scotland, the North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP), Community Safety Partnerships, the Scottish Ambulance Service, local motorcycle groups, Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

This year’s campaign was launched at the Wheels 2013 event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in April.

Operation Zenith aims to reduce motorcycle casualty figures in Grampian by engaging with motorcyclists, raising awareness of motorbike safety issues and offering advice.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “Last year’s Operation Zenith track day was a great event and a chance for local motorcyclists to have a good time and test their skills, while at the same time getting some advice on how to become better riders.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager, Ally Birkett, said: “I would encourage all motorcyclists to attend the event to make use of the opportunity to test and enhance their skills.”

PC Neil Robertson of Police Scotland said: “The aim of Operation Zenith is to encourage motorcyclists to be aware of their own safety and to think about advanced training to improve their skills.”

For more information on Operation Zenith, go to www.facebook/OperationZenith or join the Twitter feed: @OperationZenith.