With the 2018 Queensland #1 motocross plate up for grabs next month, former pro racer Robbie Marshall is targeting a rare distinction in this year’s Queensland Motocross Championship.
“If I can win the MX1 championship this year,” said the full-time FMX rider, “I’ll be one of the oldest Queensland motocross champions ever.”
The Queensland Motocross Championships take place over two rounds, at Rockhampton on July 7/8 and at Hervey Bay on July 28/29.
Thirty-four-year-old Marshall has becoming something of a gatekeeper in Queensland motocross in recent times, and the young bucks know they need to get by him if they’re to make it to the top.
He’s enjoyed a new lease of life since beginning a training regimen with a Helensvale company over a year ago, and says that he’s fitter now than he’s been for a long time.
Marshall has now targeted two goals - the MX1 class of the Queensland Motocross Championships, and a solid showing in the Australian Supercross Championship – in which he was a top-three contender between 2002-2008.
To achieve his first goal, he himself will have to get past the current dual Q-Plate holder, Kaleb Barham, NQ ace Luke Weaver and anyone else who steps up to the plate.
“Kaleb had a bit of hype going into the season and has a bit of support with Husky,” said Marshall, “but he had an injury early on. Still, he’s the one to beat at the moment I’d say.
“Luke stays up north so we don’t see him that often. But I think he’s a hard worker away from motocross and he’s always one to look out for - I never doubt that he’ll be up there.”
Marshall also rates Sunshine Coast talent Jesse Dobson - who will return to MX Nationals competition at Conondale on July 1 after shoulder injury – as a potential threat.
“To beat the young guys, it’ll be a matter of putting it all together consistently.”