Thompson rides on instinct
GUT instincts, not experience, will play a key role for The Caves motocross rider Simon Thompson's title chances at this weekend's Queensland Championships final round at Kilcoy.
Thompson, who is in fourth place in both the pro lites and pro open classes, will tackle the Kilcoy track for just the second time when racing starts today.
After producing a top-10 finish at last weekend's Australian Championship round in Horsham, Victoria, Thompson is gearing up for his latest track challenge.
"When you do the Australian titles, you get used to rocking up to different tracks,'' Thompson said.
"I've only ridden there (Kilcoy) once in my career, but being able to switch on from the start is what separates the pros from the amateurs.
"I just go out there to ride and see what happens.''
This weekend's Queensland finals is also a chance for Thompson to fine-tune his Yamaha for upcoming Australian Championship rounds in Toowoomba (April 23-24) and Coolum (April 30-May 1) ? two tracks he has vast experience on.
Thompson will be joined by Rockhampton's Simon Leahy, Steve Williams and Zac Newsome in the pro lites field, while rising stars Scott Seears and Beau Dargel are chasing State titles in the junior ranks.