North Queensland-born international Todd Waters and Sunshine Coast 22-year-old Jesse Dobson will turn the heat up to world-class level at round three of the Airoh Sunshine State Motocross Series at Tivoli Raceway this weekend.
A World MX Grand Prix veteran, 27-year-old Waters is an approachable but steely and determined competitor, who is considered a favourite for this year’s MX Nationals championship after winning two of the three races so far.
The DPH Husqvarna rider dominated the Airoh series opener back in February with a swashbuckling display in the dark sands of Coolum, and at this stage in the season is looking to build momentum and confidence towards establishing himself as the country’s top motocrosser.
Dobson (MPE Husqvarna) has battled a series of injuries since he first burst onto the scene as an uber-talented 16-year-old, and after a wily start to this year’s MX Nationals season, he currently sits fifth overall, just one spot behind Waters.
Dobson blitzed a scorching second Airoh round at Roma a fortnight ago, and feels he’s well on track in the path to restoring his rightful career trajectory.
Trying their best to upstage the Waters - Dobson battle will be the new generation of Queensland motocross heroes, who are pushing to the limit to break through.
Intent on series contention, 20-year-old Toowoomba rider Kaleb Barham and promising Brisbane 18-year-old Mason Rowe will ride all rounds, and currently head the premier class championship points over their better-known rivals, as well as defending Airoh series champion Joel Rizzo.
For more than 25 years, the Sunshine States series has contributed to Queensland’s bulging motocross racing treasury, which contains the likes of internationals Hunter Lawrence, Dean Ferris, Waters and Mitch Evans.
Last year’s Aussie junior nationals suggest our breeding ground is first class; the maroon juniors won the 2018 Interstate Challenge and took the lion’s share of the national titles.
Racing starts around 9 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Juniors from age 7 to 16 compete on Saturday while the big guns, Women and Veterans take to the track on Sunday.
Tivoli Raceway is at Coal Road Chuwar. Racing starts at 9am, canteen is available, and entry prices are Children $2, Adults $5 and Family $10.
The Qld Motocross Subcommittee would like to thank the hosting club, Moreton Districts MX and all of our Series Sponsors who continue to lift the profile of this 25+ year Motocross Series.
Images: Bruce Cairns