Riders still face battle to the wire

MOTOCROSS: It may be mate against mate, but there will be no backing down when racing gets under way at Six Mile Raceway tomorrow.

It is the final club meeting of the season and in many of the divisions riders will have to be at their best if they are to collect a major trophy.

Points are awarded throughout the Rockhampton & District Motocross program, but some of the divisions have not produced runaway winners, meaning organisers will not know until the points are totalled who will be going forward to collect prizes at the club breakup next month.

Race secretary Rosemarie Hutton said it was not just the junior categories where the racing has been tight.

“There is just one point between two riders in one of the senior divisions,” she confirmed.

Some riders will be looking on anxiously and Ty Pearce is one such racer.

Last year Pearce took the first prize in the 65cc 10-13 years and Mini Lites and looked to be on his way to back-to-back wins in both sections.

Unfortunately, the star rider suffered an injury in a freak accident and has been sidelined. Now he will be wondering if the points he collected early in the season were enough.

Hutton said the Novice division has provided plenty of good racing throughout the season and tomorrow the competition will be ferocious as there is a whole group of riders who could claim the trophy so long as they get points on the board and their rivals are less fortunate.

The popularity of the sport with females is increasing and there will be a number of riders, youngsters and seniors, looking over their shoulders as the challenges come forward.

Not every rider will be in line for collecting the major trophy in their class of racing. However, for these competitors the reward is the improvement shown during the season.

One such rider, said Hutton, was Sam Thorsen, who has been plugging away in the Mini Lites section.

Hutton said it was nice to see the improvement as the family also assists the club with track maintenance.

Practice tomorrow will begin at 9am at Six Mile Raceway.



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