Riders rev up as racing returns to Six Mile Raceway
MOTOCROSS: Racing returns to the Rockhampton Motocross Club's Six Mile Raceway this weekend, two months after the track was devastated by floods.
Organisers are expecting as many as 200 riders for the club day double header, many of them keen to ride on what is effectively a new track.
Media officer Tony Clark said while the club was able to move a large amount of its equipment before flooding inundated its headquarters at Pink Lily, the track was destroyed.
"We started with a clean slate because there was no track left, it was completely washed away,” he said
"We got in mountains of sand and dirt and reshaped the whole track. While it's a similar layout to the original track we've added some new jumps, including a spectacular one in front of the canteen.”
Clark said that without the support and generosity of the local business community it was likely the club would not have been back racing for another six months.
"Lee Edgar, who owns LDE Earthmoving, offered to help us rebuild and brought out a range of heavy equipment,” he said.
"JRT Group from Yeppoon got on board as well, as did some other smaller businesses.
"Thankfully they stepped up. If it wasn't for those guys we wouldn't be racing for the rest of the year.”
Clark said president Peter Dark and a core group of people had worked tirelessly to help co-ordinate the recovery process.
Two practice days were held at the track last weekend, which attracted about 130 riders.
"Everybody couldn't stop raving about it. They loved the new layout and the new jumps and they were all pretty excited about what we'd created out there,” Clark said.
"We're guessing we will get around 200 competitors this weekend for the double header.
"Saturday is a club day rescheduled from the time of the floods and Sunday is our regular one.
"We're expecting big fields of riders in all classes with a lot of people from around central Queensland travelling here to check out the new track ahead of the CQ Titles which we are hosting in mid-July.”
Brendan Swaffield, Mitchell Dark and Zak Newsome will face off in the senior open class, which headlines what promises to be an exciting weekend of competition.
Racing starts at 8.30am each day. Spectators are free and full canteen and bar facilities will operate.