Wet rac­ing at ‘come and try day’

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

THE Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club (WMSC) hosted the na­tional come and try day in con­junc­tion with Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on Sun­day.

More than 35 rid­ers from across North Queens­land signed-on for the event but the wet weather re­duced the num­ber game enough to hit the track.

WMSC Club pres­i­dent Andrew Auld said there was a great re­sponse from new rid­ers, with a dozen new faces try­ing out at the event.

North Gre­gory res­i­dent Jodie Duffy was bat­tling a few nerves be­fore test­ing her skills for the first time on the cus­tom-built road rac­ing track.

Duffy has had min­i­mal ex­pe­ri­ence rid­ing dirt bikes and was look­ing for­ward to go­ing for a spin on her boyfriend’s Yamaha YZ250F su­per­moto bike.

Auld said the event was also well at­tended by cur­rent WMSC mem­bers.

“The wet weather def­i­nitely adds an­other el­e­ment to rac­ing and all mem­bers were keen to get as much track time as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“It’s very slip­pery out there and spec­ta­tors en­joyed watch­ing rid­ers back­ing it in around the turns.”

Many ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers made the most of the prac­tice ses­sion, im­prov­ing their tech­nique in the lead up to round 1 of the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles which will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4-5.

Auld said plans were also start­ing to take shape for the 2014 Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships in June.

“It’s all com­ing to­gether re­ally quickly and we have a great foun­da­tion set so we are def­i­nitely aim­ing for big­ger and bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion this year,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing events, visit www.wmsc.org.au.

NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Na­tional come and try day par­tic­i­pant Jodie Duffy got a few help­ful tips from Aaron Barr (pic­tured here with his Suzuki RMZ 450) be­fore hit­ting the track on Sun­day.

WET TRACK: Brian Large tested out his skills in the wet weather dur­ing the na­tional come and try day held at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on Sun­day.

GEARED UP: Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Marty Tay­lor was keen to hit the track for the na­tional come and try day on Sun­day.

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