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
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
"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
The Husky Sprint Series opener will be held at Willis Rd.,
Meringandan - just follow the signs.
Pic: David Q Wagner