Husky Sprints Ready to Roost

Husky Sprints Ready to Roost

Author: Media/Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Categories: State News

State championship off-road racing bursts out of the blocks in a big way at Meringandan, north of Toowoomba this weekend, with a double-header opening stanza to the Husky Sprint Series.

The brand-new track has created plenty of enthusiasm among the off-road fraternity, with a record number of pre-entries taken for the event, and another 20-30 day entries expected.

A record, 22 Pro entries have taken the opportunity to fire off a few early rounds in the lead-up to this year's AORC series, with Husqvarna Factory Team riders Lachy Stanford and Fraser Higlett likely to be major contenders.

In the blue corner former motocross pro Luke Styke will kick off his brand new off-road racing career alongside Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Teammates Josh Green and Wil Ruprecht.

The Yamaha MXStore Ballard’s Off-Road Team of newly returned international Jess Gardiner and French rider Jeremy Carpentier will have its first hit-out in Queensland, while Gympie brothers Lachlan and PD Allan will fly the flag of the brand-new Castrol Kawasaki Off-Road Racing Team.

Queensland enduro identity and event Coordinator Dave Wagner has designed three cracker courses for the event, with help from Toowoomba Motorcycle Club members and friends.

"It's coming together very nicely and people are excited," said Dave. "It's the first one of the year and it's two rounds. There's a nice camp area, and there'll also be a presentation night for last year's season on Saturday evening.

"We have three tracks, and number three is the more techy of the group. It's tighter and has a fair bit more up and down. It should take a Pro about 12 min.

"I've tried to create something fun, at my age that's the main priority!

"The soil here is good, and has a fair bit of sandy content, so the rain that is predicted should do nothing but improve conditions.

"The junior tracks will cater for 65s to 250s, and I'm hoping to run the eleven junior 250 riders on the easier of the two senior tracks to give them more experience.

"Also, we're not charging an on-the-day penalty fee, either. Not because we're nice, but because we forgot to mention it in the supp regs!"

The Husky Sprint Series opener will be held at Willis Rd., Meringandan - just follow the signs.

Pic: David Q Wagner



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