By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
VETERAN Queensland pro-rider Nathan Crawford will be out to impress his local sponsors when he competes at Saturday's Stadium Motocross event in aid of Dan Horton.
Boasting 15 years of experience, Crawford will be right at home among a class field at the Gladstone Showgrounds featuring many of the state's best riders including Scott Bishop, Matt McKenna, Duncan Hale and Mick Cook.
He will also be familiar with his Gladstone surrounds, having previously conducted a training clinic in the city as well as being sponsored nationally by Gladstone Motorcycles.
Gladstone Motorcycles owner Rob Brown described Crawford as a great ambassador for the sport and was looking forward to watching him in action on Saturday.
On this visit, Crawford will also conduct coaching clinics for local members of the Gladstone Motorcycles team at the Gladstone District Dirtriders' track at Benaraby tomorrow and Friday.
While the pro-riders will be the stars of the show for many enthusiasts on Saturday, others will be delighted with the heart-in-the-mouth thrills provided by freestyle exponents Chris Thomsen and Tyson Wright.
Funds raised at the event will help meet ongoing medical costs of Gladstone teenager Horton who became quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident last year.
Gates open to the public at 2pm with racing to start at 3pm. Ticket costs are $25 adults, $18 students and pensioners, $12 children and $60 family (two adults, two children).
Tickets are available at Gladstone Motorcycles and Harbour City Motorcycles.