The first ever MotoFest took place at Queensland Moto Park over the weekend (September 26 – 27).
The big motorcycle event was kick started with the Boonah Street Festival, where riders entering the Motorex EnduroX would have their bikes scrutineered in town.
Scattered evening showers didn’t stop the crowds, who turned out to see the main streets of Boonah transformed into a street festival. Callum Shaw and the Absolute Kaos team managed to squeeze in some Freestyle Motocross demonstrations in between the wet weather, and 5x Australian Moto-Trials Champion Kristie Mckinnon joined Jack Field and the Flair Action Sports Team for some Freestyle Trials.
On Sunday, the event moved 7kms down the road to Queensland Moto Park, for the real action.
RXT Helmets Dash 4 Cash
The RXT Helmets Dash 4 Cash kicked off the day, where top qualifiers from Saturday battled it out on QMP’s Natural Terrain Track. Josh Kilvington took first place in the Senior Open, followed by Liam Wilson in second and Jack Buttler in third.
In the Womens, Lauren Jones took the top spot, followed by Kristie Mckinnon and Rikki Dryden, who made a special return to racing for MotoFest. In the Senior Lites, Clay Kilvington took top honours, followed closely by Matt Kehl and Lawson Preston. Isaac Ferguson led the Junior Lites, with Fraser Higlett and Dale Mullins close behind.
All results available on MYLAPS here
Kick Start Arena Trials
The Queensland Moto-Trials Subcommittee pulled together to present the Kick Start Arena Trials at MotoFest. Competitors had to navigate an obstacle course that included cars, logs, and a creek bed, all whilst being timed. Timed penalties applied to competitors who failed to complete obstacles. In the Expert class, featured rider Boyd Willcocks took top honours, followed by Ruben Chadwick and Kyle Roland. Ryan Derrick led the Sport class, followed closely by Jack Steel and Andrew Carpenter. Special mention goes to the following riders:
Best Twin Shock – Justin Gough (1min 49sec)
Best Veteran 40+ -Aki Nagao (1min 53sec)
Best Women – Nicole Casey (3min 6sec)
Best Junior – Jack Steel (2min 6sec)
Full results are available here
The big event for the weekend was the Motorex EnduroX, which saw competitors tackle a man-made obstacle course, before tackling a 15km Enduro through QMP’s trails.
In the Junior All Powers, Fraser Higlett took top honours, followed by Harry Teed and Jack Williams. In the Clubman class, Sam Batham came in first, with Benjamin Mear in second and Ryan Teggart in third.
‘Enduro King’ Kirk Hutton claimed the top spot in the Veterans, followed by Jim Kennedy and Damian Ticehurst. In her third event for the day, Kristy McKinnon came in first in the Womens class, with Lauren Jones and Melissa Bruce close behind.
The weather turned halfway through the Open race, and trails turned to mud in a matter of minutes. After three hours of hard riding, Beau Ralston came in first, Lachlan Stanford in second and Kristian Sprenger in third. A big congratulations must also go to Josh Kilvington who finished fourth and Trials rider Ruben Chadwick, who finished in fifth spot.
Full results are available on MYLAPS here
Motorcycling Queensland General Manager Rob Ferguson says the event can only get bigger and better next year.
“This year was about testing the waters, and getting the word about MotoFest out there,” he says.
“We see MotoFest as being an annual event, and will be looking to further increase the involvement of the Boonah community next year."
A big thank you goes out to Toowoomba Motorcycle Club, Moreton and Districts Motocross Club and the Queensland Moto-Trials Subcommittee for all of the hard work they put into running the day.
Thanks also to the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce for their involvement in the event. It was awesome to see all of the EnduroX bikes lining the main street, and the whole Boonah town embracing motorcycle sport.
Thanks especially to all of our sponsors:
More photos and videos will be uploaded in the coming days to the MotoFest Facebook page.