Dirtriders are back on track at Benaraby

THE last time Benaraby Raceway's motocross track was used competitively was all the way back in early April, and some riders can't remember the results.

Now the Gladstone District Dirtriders bikes are rearing to go with the track in the best condition is has been in for a long time.

After the near four-month break, the dirt-riders are expecting a healthy list of riders to be on track on Sunday when the action returns, boosted by the addition of Bundaberg competitors for the first of two rounds in an interclub challenge.

"It started four years ago between us and Bundaberg called the Rum and Port Cup," race secretary Julie Maeyke said.

The challenge has not been completed every year and was once again in doubt when the Bundaberg round was rained out in February.

Now changed to November, Gladstone riders will hope to take the lead on home soil.

Sunday will also double as a last-chance practice for a few locals competing in the MX Nationals, which hit the Benaraby track on August 10.

"The track preparation has been completed for the MX Nationals so it is in great condition," Maeyke said.

Locals will not be totally out of practice, with plenty of the riders racing in the CQ Series as well as local schedules, but also having a horror run with injuries.

"It has been a horrendous year for injuries, we have a lot not riding," Maeyke said.

"Both this weekend and the MX Nationals are free entry days."



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