Last weekend the Mareeba Motocross Club held the final Round of the Far North Qld Development Series (August 15 – 16).
This is the second year that the series has been run and it was once again has been a huge success! The idea of having a weekend development series, with MACA Coaching on the Saturday followed with racing and MACA Mentoring on the Sunday is just brilliant.
With 101 riders, the round was well supported just as it has been throughout the whole series, attracting new and old riders, to all four rounds - Ravenshoe, Cairns, Tully and Mareeba. Each rider that attended the MACA Coaching prior to the following day of racing, received the best training at all Clubs. Every track was different which gave the rider a variety of different things to tackle, and enabled them to put in to practice the new skills that they had learnt throughout the series.
Racing during the Development series on the Sunday is a little different. The riders are split into two groups: Axle (everyday rider) and Chains (new/novice rider or someone that needs a little encouragement to believe in themselves.) So it is like having two races in each class, with each class able to achieve 1st - 3rd placing. This gives the less experienced riders a chance to shine and it gives them the encouragement to achieve, where they would not necessarily be able to do in an ordinary race meet.
Race Secretary Noela Matthews says she was pleased with the series.
"We had lots of 50cc, 65cc and 85cc riders this year and they too wanted to be coached, which was awesome to see,” she says.
“The improvement that these riders made throughout the series was mind blowing! To see their confidence grow with each race, that they were having so much fun and to watch them awarded with their medallion and trophies just melted my heart! This is what the Development Series was created for; to encourage new riders to start racing, give them and their parents confidence to venture to bigger races and to move around the different clubs as well as meet other riders and their families.
“The series also helps riders that are already racing to develop further and give them more skills to reach their dreams. We have so many of our local riders from Far North QLD that have been taken up by factory teams and some have even achieved their dreams of going overseas and have done very well for themselves… this makes all the hard work worthwhile to me.”
Mareeba Round 4 was also very special because it was a Fundraiser for Luke Crawford, a local rider that had been hurt on the track three months earlier and is in rehab at the moment. Mitch Evans and Wilson Todd asked if they could give something back to their local clubs and also help a fellow rider in need by donating a signed jersey from each of them. Motorcycling Queensland also helped by charging only half the riders levy at Mareeba so that the Club could also add this to the fundraiser for Luke.
Mitch's signed Jersey was used to encourage more riders to nominate early, attend each round, which then put them into the draw to win the jersey. It was to be drawn at the last round, held in Mareeba. Wilson's jersey was auctioned off at the fundraiser on Saturday night. Everyone wanted them both, so I believe that this helped bring numbers up from last year but come auction time there could be only one winner! The people were generous and those that couldn't take the jersey home donated money instead to help Luke Crawford. We also held a dinner to help raise funds and create a family fun night which was very successful as well.
The FNQ Development Series and Mareeba Club were able to donate a total of $2,000 towards Luke Crawford’s recovery. Luke Crawford was very grateful of all of the support.
“I'm so lost for words and words cannot express my feeling right now it's so touching. I just hope in time I can give back in some way,” he, says.
“Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.”
We also had one very lucky family that won the bid on Wilson's jersey and Mitch’s jersey. They will be hung in pride of place at the family bar with another local rider’s jersey, Caleb Ward. It's not hard to see that our local riders are very important to us here. We believe in them… they just need to believe in themselves and give it their best shot!
Presentation was a blast watching all the young and young at heart riders get presented with their trophies by Glenn Macdonald of MACA Coaching. They beamed with pleasure and thanked the clubs, Mums, Dads, Sponsors and MACA Coaching. They wanted to know if they could do it again next year, which shows just how important it is to have this series. Glenn’s coaching from basic to advanced depending on the riders ability and his communication skills for all age groups, ensures that he gains the riders trust when he asks them to try a new skill that he believes that they can do. His passion, commitment and skills are the qualities that make this series so successful.
Glenn Macdonald says the 2015 Development Series has been another successful event with good amount of riders across the classes.
“There was a lot of familiar faces this year but also a lot of new faces to racing, which is why the Development Series acts as a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities in the sport of motocross,” he says.
Thanks to all of the FNQ Development Series sponsors for their support in making this so successful.
Cairns Honda, Chano Trentins All Wheel Drive Centre, Color Studio, Tolga Hotel, Mareeba Shire Council, 2 wheels N Wear, Evolve Equipment Management, Hair on the Range, Jackaroo Motel, Curcio Bakery, Harold's Home and Garden Services, and Chris Dempsey Cranes.
A special thanks to MACA Coaching for your continued support… you make this event possible, completely original and obtain the best possible results. You leave each round with the riders and their parents wanting more. They all love you, and can't wait until you return next year to do it all again. Thank You!