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MEM­BERS of the Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club (WMSC) have been work­ing around the clock to bring round one of the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles to the Whit­sun­days this Satur­day and Sun­day.

2013 Troy Bayliss Clas­sic win­ner Michael Kirk­ness, Chris Ver­meulen, Troy Bayliss, Ja­son Crump and Gary McCoy will be some of the big names mak­ing up the star-stud­ded line-up of rid­ers com­pet­ing in var­i­ous classes over the course of the weekend.

The vo­cal­ist of mo­tor­sports Scotty Kel­lar will also be re­turn­ing to the mi­cro­phone to pro­vide his en­ter­tain­ing com­men­tary on all the ac­tion.

A prac­tice event will be held for all rid­ers on Fri­day, with two days of highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing to kick off on Satur­day and Sun­day at 10am.

Rid­ers will de­ter­mine their grid po­si­tions through their qual­i­fy­ing times at the prac­tice event.

In­jury forced Beau Laing out of the 2013 Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships but he was back in ac­tion for a prac­tice day at the Whit­sun­day Race­way last Fri­day.

This Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles will be his first com­pet­i­tive race since Septem­ber last year and he has his eyes set on a podium fin­ish.

“Now that I have done a few laps on the track I’m start­ing to feel re­ally good about com­pet­ing this weekend,” he said.

“The race­way is a much shorter track with more tight and tech­ni­cal turns than I’m used too but I’m sure spec­ta­tors will en­joy watch­ing rid­ers slid­ing and back­ing it in around the cor­ners.”

Laing will be com­pet­ing in the S2 and S3 classes on his TM450 and TM530.

Townsville’s Jar­rod Koppe is also re­turn­ing from in­jury and will be com­pet­ing in the S2 class.

“I’m keen to get back on the track and my num­ber one aim is to stay on the bike,” he said with a laugh.

The Whit­sun­day Race­way had a num­ber of re­cent up­grades which in­cluded a shaded view­ing hill at can­teen cor­ner to give spec­ta­tors un­re­stricted views of the en­tire track.

WMSC pres­i­dent Andrew Auld said so long as there wasn’t tor­ren­tial rain the event would be go­ing ahead this weekend.

He en­cour­aged spec­ta­tors to at­tend the event and said the can­teen would be serv­ing a range of food and re­fresh­ments all weekend.

Round two of the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles will be held in far north Queens­land at the Mako Track in Ma­reeba on Septem­ber 12.

READY TO RACE: Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club pres­i­dent Andrew Auld with Jar­rod Koppe, Sam Cross­ley, Mungo McMur­trie and Beau Lang are ready to taken on the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles at the Whit­sun­day Race­way this weekend.

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