Queensland motorcycle speedway title given green light
THE nerves have revved up for Brisbane's Bailey Viner, who will race in his first Queensland Under-16 125cc Solo Championship.
With the state title set to unfold on the Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club track, 12-year-old Bailey focused his attention on his corner entry points.
"I'm a little nervous, it's a big track," he said.
Much wider than the other tracks Bailey races on, he said the corner entry point and race line was crucial to stand a chance of a podium finish.
"You can't run out wide, otherwise everyone just gets in underneath," he said.
Bailey's ability to read track lines has grown over the seven years he has been in the sport after he was introduced to it by his father.
With the state titles a gateway into the Australian title, Bailey said it was a high-stakes race.
"If you get first or second you go straight through (to the Australian title)," he said.
Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club president Simon Rogerson said he hoped the title would attract at least 16.
"Any less and we can still run, but 16 is the optimum number," Rogerson said.
If there are many more, a qualifier round will have to run before the title to whittle numbers down to 16.
After the track received some work to smooth it out, Rogerson said it was worthy of the occasion and believed he would see riders make it through to the Australian titles.
The Australian titles are set to be held in Adelaide in January next year.
Nominations for the state titles close this Friday.
The Queensland Under-16 125cc Solo Championship will be held at the Kingaroy track on Saturday, November 28.
The title will start at 6pm.
Nominations close this Friday and are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations cost $50 and can be paid on the day of the title.