http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/too-much-too-soon/2006/02/20/1140283989021.html Code: Father's plea for superbike clampdown * * Email * Print * Normal font * Large font By David Braithwaite February 20, 2006 - 1:36PM Page 1 of 2 MAtthew Mork ... "A person with Matthew's record should never, ever have been allowed to have a bike like that ..." MAtthew Mork ... "A person with Matthew's record should never, ever have been allowed to have a bike like that ..." AdvertisementAdvertisement Matthew Mork's father and friends warned him he'd kill himself if he bought a 1200cc super sports bike. And just one day after buying the 300kmh Kawasaki Ninja on a $23,000 loan, the 22-year-old tragically proved them right, killing himself doing a "wheelie". Now, three days after burying his son, racing driver Richard Mork, 58, is calling for a licensing clampdown to stop young people like his son - who had an appalling driving record - from being allowed to ride such powerful machines. Matthew's funeral was held Friday in his home town of Londonderry, and he was buried in the same plot as his late mother at a cemetery in Rouse Hill. Mr Mork said his son's mates told him at the funeral that they had warned Matthew he would kill himself if he bought the 1200cc Kawasaki Ninja bike. "They said they told him he'd get himself killed on that bike," he said. "I could barely speak, but I got up and gave them the message at the funeral if they got behind a wheel or on a bike they should think of their mate Matthew." Mr Mork said he also implored Matthew not to buy the motorcycle, described on a Kawasaki website as a super sports bike with "mind-boggling power". "And I told him I wouldn't lend him my big motor cycle because he wouldn't last a week on it - the way these big bikes accelerate, they're just weapons," he said. Mr Mork was frank about his late son's driving record - he said Matthew had his licence suspended several times for a period totalling three-and-a-half years. He said Matthew had appeared in court for a number of incidents, including a 20-minute police chase, about a month after he got his first set of P-plates. But Mr Mork - who has more than 40 years' motorsport experience, including driving V8 Supercars - said this should have been a warning sign to licensing authorities. He admitted to some close shaves when he was a young driver. "I was lucky to get through, but they have got to take that element of luck out of it," he said. New laws introduced last December prohibit NSW provisional riders from motorcycles larger than 660cc plus a range of more powerful, smaller bikes. But a full licence for any motorcycle can be obtained after just 15 months on the road - three months as a learner and one year as a provisional rider. The pre-learner's licence course involves seven hours' training, while six hours' training plus a one hour test is needed for a provisional licence.