The KTM FNQ Development Series has been going from strength to strength since its introduction three years ago. The 2016 edition of the series wrapped up in Mareeba last weekend (October 29 – 30), and Race Secretary Noela Matthews reflects on the past month of coaching and racing:
Four clubs over four weekends hosted rounds of the very successful FNQ Development Series - Cairns, Ravenshoe, Tully and Mareeba. Thanks to all the clubs involved for pulling off the series again with fantastic rider numbers, and plenty of new riders coming to take up the sport. The 50cc Demo class was filled with little riders that we had not seen for a long time: these little tackers are our up and coming stars and they are going to keep the sport alive.
Riders supported the series from all over; from as far south as Rockhampton to far north as Weipa. It’s a huge ask for riders to travel that distance each week but as they said it was worth it. The improvements that they saw from their rider, the efforts clubs went too and the people that they spoke to were so helpful. They all said would be back again next year.
Well Done to all that were involved - all the volunteers and behind the scenes you did an awesome job to get this response thank you!
We had our local Pro riders (who came up through the ranks at these clubs), donate gear and sign whatever their fans wanted done. They even answered questions on what it was like to be battling it out at the top level of Australian Motocross, and how hard it was to get there, and all the things they needed to do to achieve their dreams. Riders look up to these guys, and it was good to have them here to show that dreams can come true, but you have to work hard to achieve it, and it’s family team effort to get there. People don’t realise that it doesn’t come easy - a lot of scarifies need to be made.
Glenn Macdonald of MACA Coaching what can I say? You are awesome, again! You're a hit, everyone loves you and wants you back! And this showed when we told them you would be back next year. The riders appreciated your knowledge and teaching of skills, and you gave them confidence to have a go - this showed in the final results.
Glenn Macdonald from MACA Coaching says he enjoyed being involved in the series, just as much as the riders did.
" This year there was so many riders that have improved hugely over the four weeks it was amazing,” he said.
Glenn coaches on the Saturday at each round on the track that they will be racing on, so the riders learn to read the track and pick lines, as every track has something different to learn. He provides the knowledge and the skills to be put into practice to keep them going forward, and the confidence to have a go. It doesn't matter what age you are - from 4 years old on 50cc bike to Vets. He has the skills to teach all age groups and different skill levels to give them confidence and move forward in their training.
Thanks to Spent Clothing for donating the Most Improved Rider over the Series. This award was very hard to give out as there were so many riders that had improved over the series which was brilliant! The award had to be shortlisted, as there were so many riders that had improved over the series. In the end, Levi Clarke made the grade… congratulations!
Motorex Australia sponsored the shoot out at each round and different classes all had a crack at winning the fantastic gift packs containing Motorex cleaning and oils products, stickers, caps etc. This was the feature of each round which was supported very well, but the best shoot out for me was where father and daughter got to race together and battle it out to win. Everyone loved this it was back to family and fun, just brilliant!
Sponsorship from KTM Australia began before racing even started, by giving the Series prizes to get nominations in early. This was an awesome initiative that we had fun doing. We also had prizes to give away on Facebook, and made a lot of families very happy when they found that they had won KTM goggles, drink bottles and caps.
We then had Wayne Leonard motorcycles give us gift vouchers for all the rounds - thank you so much for your support guys, it was very much appreciated to have you on board this year we hope you will again next year.
A big thank you to all the sponsors, clubs, volunteers, riders, and everyone that played a part in the KTM FNQ Development Series in 2016. You have all done an awesome job, pulled together as a team to make it work, to make this series so fantastic and raise the standard of this event. Thank you!
The whole team at Motorcycling Queensland would like to thank Noela Matthews on once again doing a fantastic job coordinating the biggest development series in the state. We look forward to seeing the KTM FNQ Development Series grow even more next year!
(Image thanks to Katie and Nate 1704 Race team)