Roma is bracing for the roar of more than 250 high-performance motocross machines, as the 2019 Airoh MX Series Sunshine State visits Ironbark Raceway this weekend.
Motocross riders are considered to be the fittest athletes in any sport, possessing the wealth of strength, cardio, flexibility, eyesight, confidence and skill to wrestle a bucking, snorting, 60hp 450cc machine around a circuit of jumps, bumps and cornering ruts.
Over more than 25 years, the ‘Sunny States’ have established a tradition as a proving ground for up-and-coming riders and a popular training tool for the biggest names in the sport.
The two-day event sees a swarm of junior racers hold the throttle to the stops on Saturday, while Sunday's program features the Women’s, Veterans and Seniors classes as they leave nothing in reserve in pursuit of racing glory.
From the energy-sapping sands of Coolum to the clay-based hard pack of Tivoli, the Airoh series prides itself on providing varied challenges, so the unique ruts and revamped layout of the Roma track were a desirable addition to this year's six-round calendar.
“Roma is a great location with a very specific style and some exciting new track changes as well," says new Airoh Series Coordinator Rachelle Houterman, "so there’ll be plenty of opportunity for riders to learn new tracks and gain new skills."
Things have been tough in country Queensland in recent times, and with that in mind the Roma District Motorcycle Club has ensured that - as family activities go - checking out the motocross at Ironbark Raceway is much cheaper than visiting your local fast food restaurant.
Prices for a day at the Airoh Series are just $2 for children, $5 for adults $10 for a family or car.
With its hundreds of competitors and similar numbers of accompanying family and support crew, Houterman is satisfied that the Airoh series will contribute significantly to the ‘dirt bike economy’ that fuels many small towns in South-East Queensland.
Unsurprisingly, a healthy Women's contingent has entered for Roma, as many strive to gain valuable experience on the track which will be the battleground for this year’s Queensland Women’s and Vets Motocross Championship event on the weekend of July 13/14.
Roma District Motorcycle Club would like to Thank the following Businesses and people for their continued support to improve the club track and facilities:
• Ezi Quip Hire
• Grulke Concreting
• Maranoa Regional Council
• ARC- Cochrane Family
Sponsorship opportunities still exist for the Sunshine State MX Series. Please contact Rachelle direct on 0409 174 273 or email email@example.com .
2019 Sunshine State Series Venues and Dates:
1. Coolum 16/17 February
2. Roma 23/24 March
3. Tivoli 6/7 April
4. Kilcoy 11/12 May
5. Goondiwindi 1/ 2 June
6. Coolum 15/16 June
Pics: Bruce Cairns