REVVED UP: Brendan Swaffield rips around the corner in the senior unlimited class at the Rockhampton Motocross Club's first club day on Sunday.
REVVED UP: Brendan Swaffield rips around the corner in the senior unlimited class at the Rockhampton Motocross Club's first club day on Sunday. Chris Ison ROK120217cmoto12

Huge field turns out to put new circuit to the test

MOTOCROSS: Numbers were more than double the usual turnout for a club day at the Rockhampton Motocross Club's season opener on Sunday.

A field of 197 riders turned out to take on the newly designed Six Mile Raceway, which is now being run in the reverse direction.

And they clearly liked what it offered, with the club receiving plenty of positive feedback.

"It was an amazing day,” race secretary Debbie Dark said yesterday. "We normally get around the 90 mark for our club days so it was wonderful to get more than double that.

"Everyone was very excited about the new track. The riders were saying it flowed a lot better, it was faster and they really liked the new obstacles.

"We had good reports from practice runs but you never know what a track is like until you race it.”

Dark said there were 32 riders in the clubman unlimited class and the other big one was the non-competitive peewees which attracted 25 riders.

"We also had nine ladies where generally we have three or four so it was good to see some fresh faces in that class,” she said.

"Levi Rogers rode really well to win the junior lites and the senior unlimited saw some good battles between Brendan Swaffield, Mitchell Dark and eventual winner Beau Dargel.”

The club is now preparing to host the opening round of the Women on Wheels series on March 25 and 26

Meanwhile, the Keppel Coast Dirt Bike Club will hold its first race meeting of the year on Sunday at its Yeppoon track.

It will be a busy couple of weeks for the club which will then host Round 1 of the CQ Off-Road Series on the following Sunday.



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