Young riders rev-up on skills
YOUNG dirt bike riders were given a good kick-start at Jono Porter Drive on Sunday.
Jess Larsen learnt “loads” at the kick-start training session, held by level three coach Motorcycling Queensland accredited coach Jason Rice.
A rider for the past four years, Larsen has been taking part in enduros but wants to add another string to her motorsport bow, as well as getting a license to ride in competition next year.
And the knowledge she picked up surprised her.
“I learnt how to jump ride, stopping cornering,” she said.
“I seriously didn't think I was as bad as I was. The way I stand up, I don't stand up very often, and how to safely position myself on the motorbike.”
Larsen said riding in the track environment is safer and better than riding out in the bush, and kids who wanted to ride trail bikes should join the club.
Rice demonstrated brake and throttle control, jumping, cornering, with a focus on safety, and the 20 kids who attended also had to do a theory test on safety issues involved with dirt bike racing.
“Once they learn how to control the bikes, they're a lot more confident and can handle the bikes better,” Rice said.
As the session progresses, the kids gain more confidence.
“After I've shown them all the techniques, you can see the difference in their riding, they're not all over the place and more in control,” Rice said.
“The kids can take these things away and practice and they'll eventually be better and better.”
The Gladstone District Dirtriders Club will hold an enduro on October 9-10, and for 2011, a pony express series will be put on.
Monthly recreational rides are held in different locations, and the next one will be put on at Turkey Beach on November 14.
The track is open every Wednesday and Sunday, and monthly club rides are held on the first Sunday after every club meeting.