Rid­ers hit the track for prac­tice and ride day

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

MORE than 25 rid­ers from across the Whit­sun­days, Townsville and Mackay hit the track of the Whit­sun­day Race­way for the Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sports Club prac­tice and ride day on Sun­day.

The event was a great op­por­tu­nity for com­peti­tors to achieve some track time in prepa­ra­tion of round 4 of the Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sport Club Cham­pi­onships which will be held at the race­way on Sun­day, Novem­ber 3.

Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sports Club sec­re­tary Mungo McMurtie said the event was de­signed to give more com­mu­nity mem­bers ac­cess to the race­way.

“It is a good chance for peo­ple who don’t want to race com­pet­i­tively to have a fun day on the track, and cer­tainly for new-com­ers on road bikes, it also gives them an op­por­tu­nity to gain race ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Michele Wright from Whit­sun­day Car­a­van and Camp­ing said it would be great to see more women get­ting into the sport.

“Once you’re out there on the track it is amaz­ing how much you can de­velop your skills and best of all it is in a safe en­vi­ron­ment with­out the threat of on­com­ing traf­fic,” she said.

“I’ve been fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing my speed and some of the other guys here are learn­ing to ride for the first time so it’s great to see them giv­ing it a go.”

No of­fi­cial times were kept dur­ing the sin­gle day event which was open to ju­nior rid­ers right up to the very best vet­er­ans of the sport.

DIRT TRACK: Mackay res­i­dent Ricko Koel­bel was test­ing out his Honda CRF450 ahead of Chris Corsetti on his Kawasaki KX450 dur­ing the Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sports prac­tice and ride day on Sun­day.

FAST PACED: Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Michelle Wright fo­cused on im­prov­ing her speed at the Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sports Club prac­tice and race event on the weekend.

PRAC­TICE DAY: Mackay driver Michael Carew got some air while test­ing out his KTM 250 SX mo­tard on the Whit­sun­day Race­way track on Sun­day.

BEAU­TI­FUL MA­CHINE: Michael Caru­ana drove from Mackay to smash out some great lap times on his Suzuki SV 650 road bike at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on Sun­day.

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