200 dirtbikes to roar into Benaraby Raceway for CQ series
THE Gladstone Dirtriders are itching for the weekend to roll around, as the biggest day of the club's calendar finally arrives.
Selected to host the fifth round of the Central Queensland Motocross series, the team of locals is excited to be one of the six clubs that were given the opportunity.
"There are 14 clubs that could host a round, but skyrocketing fuel prices meant we only have six rounds to keep prices down," Julie Maeyke of the Gladstone Dirtriders Club said.
With the round given to the locals, Benaraby Raceway will play host to about 200 riders and their bikes, in a round that could make or break the series for the frontrunners.
Locals figure in many of the classes, the Gladstone club even having two series leaders.
Prue Maeyke leads the Ladies Class by an astonishing 18 points.
And in the Senior Open Class consistent finisher Mick Higgins is 8 points clear at the top.
The round is a great chance for more local riders to take part and gain valuable experience in a level of competition not available without travelling.
"We have more locals, especially juniors who can't travel," Maeyke said.
"They do that for a couple of years, then decide to do the series because they have improved."
More than 20 locals have made the journey to other rounds in the series, travelling to Mackay, Moranbah, Middlemount and Emerald.
The final round, set to follow two weeks after the Benaraby races, is in Proserpine.
The highly placed Gladstone riders are no doubt going to make the journey, just as some are travelling the long hours to round five.
"Some are driving up to 14 hours to be here," Maeyke said.
"Now we are hoping for the weather to clear and the track to be great."