Raceway back and better than ever
THOSE who saw the Six-Mile Raceway after the devastation of the January floods would have been excused for thinking there would never be another meeting held on that particular area of land.
However, members of the Rockhampton Motocross club were not about to walk away without trying to repair the damage.
Now the club is just weeks away from a new season and facing the exciting prospect of racing on a track that is better than the one nature washed away.
"We've gained a lot of sponsors to keep us going with the work on the new track," club secretary Julie Newsome said.
There is still work to be completed before the club can meet its statutory requirements and get a licence to once again become operational.
In the near future, the club will set down its proposed calendar of events for 2012 and then, hopefully, all the work will be finished for the first club day.
"The whole track has been redesigned," Newsome said, "it will be up to national standards."
The club hopes the changes will encourage national events to Rockhampton and stimulate future interest in the sport locally.
Certainly the riders like what the new design offers.
Although just 19 years of age, Zane Keleher has taken on the responsibility of club vice-president, on top of his passion for riding bikes, and he is excited about the future of the club with its upgraded track.
"It's going to be quite technical. Lots of jumps and natural terrain," he said.
"There is also lots of river sand and that provides the best soil type to ride on."
He said club members had not raced the Six-Mile circuit since 2010 and were excited to have a go.
Not that Keleher has been inactive during this time.
"I raced the national series," he said, "in the under-19s (division) I finished 16th."
Keleher said he plans to race the Australian series again this year but that does not mean a lack of allegiance to his home club and track.
"This new facility will encourage a lot of young guys to come through," he said.
Newsome agreed that youngsters watching the racing at the track were likely to ask their parents if they could participate.
She said that has a flow-on effect for local business as the sale of bikes in the area had slowed since the track was put out of action.
Also there was an effect on accommodation with out-of-town riders not coming to Rockhampton as no meetings were held.