Plan­ning heats up with date re­lease

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Con­fir­ma­tion of Au­gust 26, 2018 as the date for FIM World Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in Horsham next year has added mo­men­tum to a busy plan­ning sched­ule.

Horsham Mo­tor­cy­cle Club spokesman Kenny Watts said the an­nounce­ment opened the door for fur­ther prepa­ra­tions for an event that rep­re­sented a first for Aus­tralia.

He said lat­est plan­ning, which had so far been smooth, would in­clude Horsham Mo­tor­cy­cle Club send­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Spain later this month to fur­ther out­line event and pro­mo­tion de­tails with in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ests.

He added Horsham would also wel­come of­fi­cials from Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Mo­to­cy­clisme, FIM, who would be in the Wim­mera on De­cem­ber 8 and 9 to fi­nalise checks on fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices.

“Now that we have a con­crete date we’re start­ing to deal with more me­dia at­ten­tion. It’s all start­ing to hap­pen,” he said.

Mr Watts said club mem­bers were de­lighted with the Au­gust 26 date, which avoided a po­ten­tial clash with a ma­jor mo­tocross event in Amer­ica.

“We had three dates we might have had. We are very happy with the an­nounce­ment,” he said.

The ti­tles are on the same date as a grow­ing Horsham Cal­is­then­ics Com­pe­ti­tion, which at­tracts com­peti­tors from across Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state, but Mr Watts said he was con­fi­dent Horsham could ac­com­mo­date all visi­tors.

He said the ex­pec­ta­tion was that in­ter­na­tional rid­ers and sup­port teams would start ar­riv­ing in the Wim­mera about a week be­fore the event to al­low them to ac­cli­ma­tise and pre­pare their mo­tor­cy­cles.

He added that from a par­tic­i­pa­tion point of view, the world ti­tles would have fewer com­peti­tors than the week-long Aus­tralian ju­nior ti­tles, which Horsham hosted ear­lier this year.

“The event is big in stature and rais­ing the pro­file of Horsham world­wide, but dur­ing rac­ing on the Sun­day the max­i­mum num­ber of rid­ers in the pro­gram is 120,” he said.

“We are hop­ing to get a large in­flux of spec­ta­tors – mo­tocross sup­port­ers – to come along to see who is the next su­per­star emerg­ing in the sport.

“We are also look­ing at cre­at­ing a camp­ing ground at Wim­mera Events Cen­tre to en­cour­age Aus­tralian-based peo­ple to camp and will ar­range high-level en­ter­tain­ment.”

The ju­nior world ti­tles will have three classes – 65cc for age groups 10 to un­der-12, 85cc for 12 to un­der-14, and the pin­na­cle class for ju­nior mo­tocross, 125cc 14 to un­der-17.

An of­fi­cial Fri­day night open­ing will be on Au­gust 24 and in­volve a na­tional teams pa­rade.

Satur­day ac­tion will in­volve prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing races and a race for non-qual­i­fiers.

Fi­nals are on the Sun­day.

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