Riders, spectators out in force for Dan Horton
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THERE'S nothing quite like the smell of petrol and the sound of engines roaring, and for motocross enthusiasts there's nothing better.
The Stadium Motocross event in aid of Dan Horton went off in spectacular fashion on Saturday night, with spectators lapping it up.
Freestyle riders entertained the crowd with daring aerial manoeuvres, while pro riders tore up the track, creating clouds of dust and leaving the crowd in awe of their skills.
Rachel Ward of Gladstone District Dirtriders Club said it was a great night for young and old.
"It was a really good night, the riders all came together and had a brilliant time,' she said.
'The freestyle riders and the remote control cars were a big hit ? the grandstands were full and the crowd really enjoyed themselves.'
She said spectators also got behind the young riders and trophies were presented to 50cc and 65cc riders in front of the grandstand.
Ms Ward said pro riders rode 'hard and fast' and put on a brilliant display of techniques.
"Once again the Gladstone public came out in leaps and bounds to support a local event and help raise funds for a worthy cause,' she said.
Dan, who will receive proceeds from the event to assist in his rehabilitation from a motorcycle accident which left him paralysed last year, said he had a 'great night' with friends at the event.
'We got there a bit late, but we watched the races and the freestyle was pretty good ? one of the riders stacked it right in front of the grandstand,' he said.
Dan said after the motocross he went out with friends and some of the pro riders and freestylers.
'We talked about motorbikes and motocross and everyone was there ? we had a great time,' he said.
He said he was surprised by the huge crowds.
Numbers are yet to be finalised, but it's expected the event raised thousands of dollars for the 'Bring Dan Home' fund.