90 riders compete in Rum City comp
A FRESHLY prepped track and a lack of wind encouraged riders to throttle their bikes to the limit at the Rum City MX Club competition on Sunday.
A field of 90 riders from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gladstone and the North Burnett belted from the starting gates at Bingera Weir for the club’s first competition of the year.
Rum City MX Club President Chris Small said the favourable weather and track conditions produced quick and combative racing with competitors battling it out across 10 categories.
“The track was perfectly prepped, sometimes it’s too wet or too dry, but it was spot-on.”
“These were some of the fastest races the track has ever seen.”
Mr Small said senior open and junior light categories were exceptional with the 100 spectators in attendance privy to top-notch motocross action.
Bundaberg professional Casey Turner impressed in the senior open division overcoming a flat tyre in the first race to go on and win races two and three.
Up-and-comer, Bundaberg’s Jack Bartholdt, stole the show however, placing second in each of the three races and being named as overall winner with a score of 64.
Close behind was Lee “Froggy” Voss from Mundubbera who scraped into second place with 63 points after a tumble in the third race.
Budding Bundaberg talent Caleb Turner showed considerable skill in taking first place in the junior light category coming from behind to win in all three races.
Kyle Chay came in second with 62 points closely followed by Brodie Downes on 60 points.
Seasoned riders dusted off their pride and joys for the veterans’ competition with Michael Horninge proving hard to beat placing first in each race.
Mundubbera’s Barry Gilbert snagged second place with 66 points followed by Peter Nichols with 60 points.
Bundaberg boy Jack Larter dominated in the under-12 65cc, breezing his way to first place.
Bundaberg’s Zac Small took first place in the 85cc competition, his first race at Bingera Weir since he broke his femur seven months ago.
Mr Small said the strong representation of local riders on the winners’ podium was a hint of future success on the Queensland circuit.
“Some of the younger guys are going to be riders to watch,” he said. “They’re coming into their own and are turning some heads.”
The Rum City Motocross Club will hold their next competition on March 14.