South Burnett club set to host first race day in 10 years
VOLUNTEERS will reap the rewards of two years of hard work when the South Burnett Junior Motorcycle Club hosts its first race day for 10 years.
Up to 150 riders are expected to take to the Kingaroy motocross track on Saturday, with many testing the track and their form ahead of the club hosting a round of the Southeast Queensland MX series in September.
Club president Brent Perrett said volunteers had been working every weekend for the past six months to get the track and venue up to scratch.
"It will be great to see a race day run locally again with local kids having a track to go to,” he said.
"That is the reason all the volunteers are doing it, because of their kids. It is good for them to have a home track.”
Perrett said the free-flowing and fast-paced track had received praise from local and visiting riders alike.
The ability for spectators to see riders on each part of the track also proved to be attractive to families.
The biggest changes to the track include the start gates, safety flag points, watering system and upgrade of the amenities.
Perrett said the club was thankful for the support of South Burnett businesses, which enabled it to make the improvements.
Community groups will be involved on Saturday with first aid volunteers caring for riders and members of the Men's Shed manning the flag points.
While Saturday is a race day, Perrett said the club was also focused on helping riders who don't compete develop their skills and spend time on the track.
"It is not all about racing, there are also a lot of local kids who come to practice days but they are not interested in racing,” he said.
"Racing is the way the club will make money but it is not all about that, it is about attracting the farm and town kids and giving them somewhere safe to ride where they are not going out and hurting themselves.”
Riders will take to the track on Edenvale South Rd on Saturday at 8.15am before racing gets under way from 10am-4pm.