Rid­ers wel­comed at come and try day

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

PO­SI­TIONS have been fill­ing fast for the na­tional come and try day to be held at the Whit­sun­day Race­way this Sun­day.

The event will be hosted by the Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club in con­junc­tion with Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia in an at­tempt to en­cour­age new rid­ers into the sport in 2014.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Ash Wheeler said there were 20 recre­ational li­cences avail­able to new­com­ers and more than half of the po­si­tions were filled.

“New rid­ers will be in their own sep­a­rate novice class so they can ride as fast or as slow as they like and it’s a lot safer than rid­ing on the road be­cause ev­ery­one is go­ing in the same di­rec­tion,” he said.

“We have had a great re­sponse from men but it would be good to see a few more women try­ing out on the day.”

Ge­or­gia Mur­ray, Harry Maxwell and 2013 Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pion Andy McLeish will be a part of an im­pres­sive lo­cal line-up who will be on hand to give new­com­ers some help­ful tips on the day.

Wheeler said a prac­tice event for skilled rid­ers would be held in con­junc­tion with the come and try day, and en­cour­aged all rid­ers who own a race bike to at­tend.

“There will be var­i­ous sized gear for people to wear and a range of road rac­ing bikes and su­per mo­tard bikes avail­able to bor­row from club mem­bers,” he said.

“New rid­ers are wel­come to turn up on the day to have a go at no cost but they should come ear­lier rather than later in the day as they will have to com­plete pa­per­work prior to rid­ing on the track.”

Gates open at 7.30am with a rid­ers brief­ing to fol­low at 8.30am and rac­ing to take place from 9am to 4pm.

ON TRACK: Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club mem­ber Harry Maxwell took on the coun­try's best at the 2013 Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships. All new rid­ers are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the na­tional come and try day this weekend.

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