For many of the state's best motocross riders, the Goondiwindi Motocross Club track on Kildonan Road is currently ground zero. After hosting a round of the Women on Wheels series last weekend, the town is preparing for a second onslaught of super-fit, highly-skilled throttle twisters as the Airoh Sunny State Motocross series round unfolds on June 1-2.
The club is again hard at work preparing its track and facilities, according to Club President Lachie McGregor. “The WoW series round last weekend was very successful for us,” he said. “The riders really enjoyed being here and it was awesome for we local riders to get a race in on our home track, just two weeks before the Sunshine Series round.”
“It’s a big deal to have the Sunshine States back here for the first time since 2005," he said, “and it’ll be a nice fresh track that only a handful will know, so it will even the playing field for a lot of visiting riders.”
As the championships near their pointy end, things are getting very interesting in the premier senior classes, with brand-new players looking set to raid the trophy cabinets.
Mason Rowe broke through for his first two wins in the QMX1 championship and took over the series front-running from the injured Kaleb Barham, but Rowe’s breathing space over second-placed defending champion Joel Rizzo is just 18 points.
I missed racing Kaleb at the last round, KJ’s way quicker than me on the hard pack, but I can have a go at him when it gets rougher. Now the battle is with Joel over the next two rounds. I hope I can beat him - he works seven days a week so he doesn’t get to ride, but then I race two classes on the day so six, 15-minute races in the day gets a bit tiring. I sleep all the way home!
In the MX2 class, Jayce Cosford has taken over the championship lead, but he has Joel Evans in hot pursuit just 15 points in arrears.
In the Women’s ranks Tahlia Drew enjoys a 48-point lead over Lauren Jones and Kirra-Lee Baxter. Though the pressure may be off championship-wise after Chelsea Carter’s injury last round, senior rookie Drew is acutely aware that she needs to keep pushing to grow her speed and experience if she's to have a shot at the coming Queensland Women's Champs at Roma against both Carter and Qld #1 Nicole Kenny.
“I’m still training hard every day,” said Drew, “because I know Nicole and Chelsea are tough competitors and won’t give up without a fight. Winning a Qld title in my rookie senior year would be absolutely awesome, so I’m keen to have a go at it, and I really look forward to racing both of them.”
The action across the Airoh series’ ten junior championships will be fast and frenetic, with athletes ranging from cute, well-armoured 7-year-olds on 50cc machines, to hyperactive 15-year-olds who – at the upper end - would whip a large number of the seniors riding similar machinery.
With the Gundy track’s unusual design, spectators will be able to see all of this action from the comfort of their vehicles.
“Our track is great in that you can watch from any point around the rim of the track and see everything,” says Lachie McGregor. “There’s also a lot more room here in the pits, so it’s nice and comfy for everyone in caravans and whatnot.”
“It’s an exciting time and there’s a lot of interest in town. Gundy is a booming sporting town, but all the ball sports dominate so it’s exciting to see some motorsport in town.”
Goondiwindi Motocross Club contacts:
President - Lachie McGregor 0488 223 623
Secretary - Jordan McGregor 0458 627 879