Riders prepare for Memorial Moto X
RIDERS will head to Benaraby this weekend for the premier moto-x event of the local calendar.
The Gladstone District Dirtriders Club is holding its main event for the year - the Jono Porter Memorial Two-day Moto X - this weekend.
Riders from across Queensland and beyond will converge on the Benaraby track just off the highway.
Former Gladstone dirtbike rider Jacob Wright, 15, is the Queensland number one in his age group and his father Eddie said his son wouldn't miss this race for anything.
“Jono was one of his heroes – he really looked up to him,” Eddie said.
“We always try to make it back for this.”
Jacob wasn't the only youngster in awe of Porter.
“Jono always had time for all the kids. He was fantastic. He was very highly regarded and well-respected,” Eddie said.
“For Jacob, coming away with a trophy from the Jono Porter Memorial is right up there with winning the Australian championships.”
The Wrights relocated to Toowoomba almost three years ago, but they have been back regularly to race.
Wright, who is sponsored by Honda Australia, was beaten in the Australian championships last year, finishing second behind an American rider.
Gladstone riders will have their work cut out for them this weekend, with some quality riders taking to the track in the hope of winning.
Local Prue Maeyke will have her chance to beat the Queensland number one women's rider, Courtney Knight, who is coming to race, as well as a number of local riders
Beau Dargel, CQ leader in the senior open and senior lite categories, is competing, along with Luke Noy and Brendan Swaffield.
The Wright family won't be the only people trekking from afar for the weekend. They know several other riders coming from south-east Queensland, and the New South Wales champion might make the journey.
“Without a doubt they wouldn't make the effort if the event wasn't held in Jono's honour,” Eddie Wright said.
“This is what it's about, winning the Jono Porter Memorial.”
Racing starts at 11am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and $10 per vehicle.
A canteen and bar will be available.