Queenslanders at the Dirt Track Mecca of Springfield

Queenslanders at the Dirt Track Mecca of Springfield

Author: Media/Tuesday, May 29, 2018/Categories: State News


Young dirt trackers Max Whale and Harrison Voight both traveled to the mecca of the slideways sport, the Illinois State Fairgrounds at Springfield, Illinois, for the 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championships.
Young rising senior Max Whale showed a heap of speed in the AFT Singles Open Pro class on the KX450F, but fell twice in the final before withdrawing.
Exciting junior Harrison Voight is over for the AMA Grand Amateur National which is held over 4 days and has been there a week to acclimatise.

His Dad Stephen Voight takes up the story.
"Sunday was the first day of competition for us - the District 17 TT for amateurs - and we ran in the morning. Max Whale raced last night in the Open Pro and he qualified top-6 of the 61 bikes vying for the 18-rider grid. Unfortunately he had two crashes in the final.
We're over here with (Australian Champion) Tom Drane and his Dad Matt, he and Harry race together all the time. They are rivals who are mates. They get on well but they push each other along.
Harry and Tom are riding KTM85s set up for the DTX class, which means they are standard apart from rims and different gearing. They'll ride those bikes in the modified class as well.
We've got a five-seater Scooby Doo van, and we're traveling, staying and pitting together over here - and at the same time trying to beat each other.
Harry's had to get used to the 17" wheels setup they run front and rear over here, and the front wheel's quite big so the turn-in is different. We rode them before he left so he's adapted pretty well.
Yesterday with the rain there were four laps or practice and then straight into the heats, but Harry won his heat and Tom won his, so he and Tom were the top Qualifiers and started side by side.
Harry got checked up a little bit at the first turn and went down, while Tom got the lead and took a comfortable win. Harry remounted dead last by 200m, but he was the fastest bike on track and made it back to fifth.
The real competition for us starts on Tuesday with the short track then a half-mile on Wednesday, then on Thursday it goes back to the TT track with a fair-sized table, and on Friday it's short track again.
An American guy called Mick Daniels is helping us all out over here. He's prepared our bikes and he's been amazing."

Pics: Harry #29 and Tom get ready for action. Harry trying Max Whale's KX450F for size.

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