Riders welcomed at come and try day
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.