Raceway on track for events

There has been plenty of gloom for local riders and administrators of motocross but finally there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Seven Mile Raceway circuit was not only under water but was also totally destroyed by the swift flowing flood that covered the area.

Julie Newsome said she and fellow Rockhampton Motocross Club members were stunned by the power of the water and the amount of damage the track, surrounds and racing equipment sustained.

Initially it was thought that racing at the Rockhampton track in 2011 was out of the question.

The club was set to host a round of the Central Queensland Motocross series in February but that was postponed to July.

Even that date appeared to be out of reach for the club with the jumps on the track totally destroyed, a massive hole gouged out of the public parking area, perimeter fences washed away as was the underground track watering system, and the starting gates inoperable.

With replacement costs high the club would have struggled without financial support.

Thankfully they received that and Newsome said things were looking a lot brighter.

“We can laugh about it now but in January we were crying,” she said.

For a club like Rockhampton Motocross there is no cash flow without members at the track.

Grants have now come through from the state government to help cover the $90,000 repair bill.

“Without government help we would not have been back so quickly,” Newsome said. “We are hopeful of being back racing in June.”

Competitors will also hope the track is ready for the June club meeting with many members racing at Yeppoon on their club days while the elite riders, like Zack Newsome, have even been riding in other states.



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