A strong contingent of riders took advantage of the opportunity to scope out the Gladstone track which will soon take its place on the MX Nationals calendar, at the weekend’s fifth round of the MPE Suspension Central Queensland Motocross Championship.
Hosted by Gladstone District Dirt Riders Club at Benaraby Raceway, the event saw a total of 130 riders and nearly 170 bikes competing over the weekend. Perfect weather conditions and the newly reversed track gave onlookers some spectacular racing to watch on the weekend.
The hard pack track looked like a fluffy chocolate cake prior to racing and held up extremely well with plenty of ruts forming. This was all thanks to the countless hours spent by the club’s volunteers. The venue is certainly well on track to being ready to host Round 9 of the MX Nationals on August 5 this year.
In the QMX1 class the top three riders were: Ryan Eden, Jake Valinoti and Peter Stapleton, with Gladstone local Tyson Baxter coming in fourth place. The QMX2 Class saw a strong contingent of riders with Richie Evans, Jake Williams, Jayce Cosford, Ryan Eden and Dusty Clem batting out the top five. Bailey Malkiewicz unfortunately DNFed in the second moto and came in sixth, while local rider Daniel Boyce finished seventh amongst the other pro and intermediate riders competing in this heavily contested class. The Junior Classes had three of Australia’s best on show, as Tye Jones (Junior Lites 2T and 4T), Jackson Camilleri and Zachary Watson (Mini Lites) showed us just how it’s done. Young Miss Bella Burke (50cc Auto & 65cc) said she has found herself a new favourite track at Benaraby Raceway where she gave the boys a strong run for their money. Bella finished second in the 50cc Auto Class and third in the 65cc class, and she will be one to watch at the upcoming QLD Women’s Motocross Championship.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend of racing and competitors are looking forward to the final round of the series which is being which held in Yeppoon on June 30/ July 1. Check out CQMX’s Facebook page for more details.
Pics: Ryan Eden leads Jake Valinoti in MX1, while Queensland Champ Nicole Kenny continues her build towards next month’s QLD Women’s Motocross Championships at Emerald. Sheryl Seesink Photos