Thompson to give hometown show
SATURDAY'S big Extreme Stadium Enduro provides Rockhampton motocross ace Simon Thompson a rare opportunity to show his home crowd what he can do.
Thompson has thrilled crowds around Queensland, but rarely gets an opportunity to show those skills to the people who live in the area he grew up.
“There are a lot of people out here who have not seen me ride,” he confirmed.
All that changes as Thompson is just one in a high quality field of riders who will tackle the newly created track at The Caves Showground.
He can’t wait to get out there.
“It is a pretty challenging track,” he admitted.
“You don’t want to lose concentration as it will be mentally tiring.
“It is something different, especially the log section.”
While this is the first of its type for Queensland there have been events at the Great Western which were in a confined space requiring skills different from those on the traditional motocross track. Thompson won those events.
“This track is a bit bigger than the Great Western,” he said.
Nevertheless, spectators will be seated close to the track and provide a great atmosphere on which riders will thrive.
“I love the crowds and being able to see everyone,” he said.
Those who have watched Thompson race will notice a major difference – he will be racing a Honda CR 450 rather than the Yamaha he used to ride.
“I have just started in a new racing team,” he said.
Thompson is thrilled to be a part of a Rockhampton team, CDP Racing, rather than racing for a team operating out of one of the big centres.
His partner in the newly formed team is another Rockhampton ace, Zak Newsome, whose family is supporting the venture.
While Saturday will be the first time Thompson has ridden his Honda competitively, he likes the feel of the new machine.
“It is a big change, I thought it would make a difference, but I’ve adapted (in practice) quite well,” he said.
“It is the first fuel-injected bike I’ve ridden, I can’t find fault with it.”
More good news for Thompson is that he will be competing fully fit after recovering from a serious shoulder injury that limited his racing season.
Thompson will race in the Pro Open Class on Saturday. Racing begins at noon, main program from 7pm.