Racers gather for practice day
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.
A junior rider speeds along the track.