Rac­ers gather for prac­tice day

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

FORWayne Spar­row, Mo­tocross is a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­day life.

“I guess it’s the adrenalin,” he said.

“It’s the thrill, the speed and the jumps on the track.”

Spar­row said he had been rid­ing for as long as he can re­mem­ber.

“I’ve been rid­ing since I was seven or eight years old,” he said. “That’s about 24 years. “I’ll ab­so­lutely keep rid­ing as long as I can.”

Mo­tocross is also a fam­ily af­fair for Spar­row.

“My lit­tle boy was (rid­ing) as well,” he said.

“He en­joys it as well, go­ing fast around the cor­ners.”

Spar­row is now pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral Bur­nett Mo­tor­cy­cle Club and or­gan­ised a mo­tocross prac­tice day on June 26 at the Mun­dub­bera track.

“It was good day; we had 44 rid­ers there, prob­a­bly half of those were seniors and the other half were ju­niors,” he said.

“Some rode up from the Sun­shine Coast and the Gold Coast to sup­port the event.

“Un­for­tu­nately there were a cou­ple of bro­ken bones by the end of the day, but that is part of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing as it’s a bit of a dan­ger­ous sport.”

Spar­row said a num­ber of hours went into pre­par­ing the prac­tice day.

“(There were) five hours grad­ing the track prior to the day,” he said.

“I know, I, my­self spent prob­a­bly an­other 10 hours worth of work on the ir­ri­ga­tion and so forth, and run­ning the event are the vol­un­teers, the flag­gies, the first aid peo­ple, the can­teen, the of­fi­cials and time keep­ers.”

“Mo­tocross is very labour in­ten­sive and re­quires a huge amount of vol­un­teers.

“We’re for­tu­nate that we have a lot of sup­port in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and that is much ap­pre­ci­ated by the club.”

A se­nior rider comes around a sharp cor­ner at the mo­tocross prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

Rid­ers come around a cor­ner at the mo­tocross prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

Se­nior rid­ers be­gin their race at the prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

A se­nior rider zooms past at the prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

A ju­nior rider comes down a hill at the mo­tocross prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

A jump at the prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

A rider comes around a cor­ner at the prac­tice day in Mun­dub­bera.

Zoom­ing along at the prac­tice day.

PHOTOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

A ju­nior rider speeds along the track.

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