Pee wee daredevils win fans
YOUNG daredevils had their wheels spinning in an extremely wet first ride of the new season at the Mosquito Creek motocross track near Emerald on Sunday.
Emerald Junior Motorcycle Club secretary Mel Stewart said numbers were strong, with 45 club members signing on for a big year of racing in 2012.
"There were a few familiar faces but a lot of new ones too, which is really pleasing to see," Stewart said.
"A lot of people don't know there is a track out here."
The Emerald club will not host its first run of competition until round four of the Central Queensland Series on May12-13, but that didn't stop plenty of Central Highland competitors getting in some early season practice.
Motocross hasn't had the rosiest of reputations of late, with a few incidents last year involving rider falls, plaguing the sport in the region.
Stewart however was quick to quell any fears to prospective club parents, with the assurance of the strictest controls on safety and conduct at their club.
"There are rules and regulations riders have to follow," she said.
"Riders are always monitored to ensure they are racing properly."
Watching trackside, it's hard to miss the senior riders throttling their way around the mud-slicked track. But while the seniors may have the bigger engines, the pee-wee's have certainly got the bigger following - at least by the club mums.
"Everyone loves the pee-wees - they are just so little," Stewart quipped.
"(And) at the end of competition, they all go home with a medal."
As well as the Central Queensland Series, the Emerald club will also host a round on the Central Highlands Series in June.
It is a typically busy competition calendar for local riders, with at least 15 weekends away for competition, in addition to their home track runs.
The club is also developing a Enduro track, adjacent to the motocross circuit at the Mosquito Creek site, with development to be completed in the near future.