Riders in gear for big events
MOTOR SPORT: Round One of the Gladstone District Dirt Riders Club competition produced some exciting motorbike racing at Benaraby yesterday.
Kam Watson was among over 50 riders who competed and while he did not take out the Clubman race overall, he was pleased with a second place.
The 19-year-old accumulated 99 points, just three behind winner Ronny Hobi and nine points ahead of Dyland Bradley.
"The track was dusty and rough in the end,” Watson said.
"It's a bit hard to ride with so much dust, especially if you are behind someone.
"I was happy with how I finished and won the third race.”
Watson has been racing competitively for more than six years and began the sport in Mackay before joining the GDDRC four years ago.
He used yesterday's race to fine tune for the Central Queensland MX Series in Emerald next weekend.
Daniel Boyce edged out Tyson Baxter to win the Senior Open category while multi-talented Prue Maeyke beat Kirra Baxter in the Ladies' class.
Pieter Kop, Terry Scarborough and Steve Johnson rounded out the placings in the Veterans 30-plus division and Boyce and Baxter were one and two in the Senior Lites.
There was some great junior racing with the aptly-named Paris Rode ahead of Jackson Korobleff and Morgan Baker in the Junior Lites.
Sam Castle won the 10 to Under-12 65cc while Darcy Whalley topped the 7-U12 class.
The 7-U9 winner was Isaac Neilsen ahead of Cooper Rigby and Jaidyn Schofield.
Respective Mini Lites 10-U12 and 12-U17 winners were Matthew Sinclair and Zac Perry.
GDDRC publicity officer Julie Maeyke said it will be a busy year with major events rapidly approaching.
"A few of the guys are preparing for the Orange to Ocean Series where it is a double-header and the first is in Biloela on Easter Saturday on April 15 and here the day after on Easter Sunday,” Maeyke said.
"Points from that counts toward the club-based rounds. Then we have another major event here the following weekend on April 22-23.”