The KTM FNQ Development Series only held 3 rounds this year due to Cairns being washed out with the rain and was cancelled. Not something we even thought was possible in October!!
Last weekend the final round was at Mareeba and we had 87 riders competing, the highest being Tully with 98 riders, but the weekend went well with no major accidents.
The week leading up to the weekend I held a mystery auction every day for the Golden Octopus Foundation & on the Saturday night held the mystery auction of the final 20 envelopes at the Mareeba Club, this was a huge success raising $1189. that night & with the signed side plate from Mitch Evans the week before, the total raised was $1689.00.
Mitch Evans also auctioned off a jersey & goggles signed to help raise funds for the Cairns club to recoup funds that were lost due to being washed out, which raised $830. It was so nice to see our local pro riders giving back for the support that was given to them .
Each year I tried to raise money. The 1st year was for Mitch Evans to travel to the Junior World Titles in Belgium. The 2nd year was for Luke Crawford for his rehab with his injuries. The 3rd year I had the local pro riders come & sign posters & chat to the riders which was great to see how much the younger riders looked up to them ( Mitch Evan, Wilson Todd, Caleb Ward, Jackson Richardson & Wade Hunter). This year money was raised to help The Golden Octopus Foundation supporting Kids touched by Cancer.
We had a Volunteer/flag Marshall draw which the Logan family from Cooktown won. Their prize was accommodation at the Jackaroo Motel & club voucher from the Mareeba Leagues Club.
Most improved rider in the series won a $200 Spent Clothing voucher to be used on their online store which went to Jacob Allan in Townsville & runner-up, Ryder Casey from Cairns which we felt needed to be recognised with a $50.00 gift voucher from Wayne Leonard Motorcycle in Cairns.
Riders Choice Trophy was donated by Color Studio for sportsmanship, for doing anything on or off the track that people noticed was special. It turned out to be a hard choice as we had quite a few to choose from which was really lovely to see. This went to Taylor Heslewood from Cairns. The Trophy was nearly as big as her!!
Again MACA Coaching with Glenn Macdonald was a huge success with parents & riders coming to say thank you, how much they enjoyed their training & how much they had improved. This was just a taste of what they would get if they did a full school with him. He is able to connect to young & old riders, teach new skills & improve & develop others further. His passion & dedication to the sport is amazing for the 4 years I have run this series and he has been there all the way. He would jump on a plane after work, get into Cairns at all crazy hours, travel to clubs & then coach all day before heading home again, then sometimes go straight to work if planes were late. I can’t thank him & his family enough, for his support & dedication throughout the whole series.
This is my last year of running the series so it is a very emotional one for me, the series was started by a few officials chatting around a camp fire at Ravenshoe & I was told to run with the idea to put my own twist on it & make it work!! It is only with the help of Glenn Macdonald with the coaching that this series has been so successful. But I would also like to thank the clubs for their efforts as they are the ones that got the tracks ready for training & racing, as well as the canteen which was another huge job. To all the volunteers, riders & supporters, a huge thank you! And to the businesses that sponsored and donated over the 4 years, I could not have done this without your help, a massive thank you!!
To my major sponsors KTM Australia, Motorex, MACA Coaching, Spent Clothing you have helped me beyond words a HUGE shout out to you guys!!
This series has developed into more than I could have ever imagined & it is with a heavy heart that I say farewell, but it is up to someone else to take on the series & make it their own.
Ride Hard! Ride Smart & Finish the Race but most of all remember to enjoy!