Blackwater Motocross surges
SELDOM does an overnight deluge bring a smile to the face of a sports administrator, unless you are Blackwater Junior Motorcycle Club vice president Shane Morgan.
Round one of the Central Highlands Series roared into gear at the Blackwater track, with the region's riders looking to put their best foot forward in the season opener.
After compelling times on a dusty Saturday track, riders returned on Sunday morning to find quite a different scene facing them.
Overnight rain slicked the track from top to bottom, which made for a "rough and rutted" - not to mention very muddy - ride, and forced competitors to draw on all their riding skills for weekend's closing two rounds.
"It made the course a lot more technical," Morgan said.
One rider who had little trouble mastering the greasy conditions was the pint-sized powerhouse from Blackwater, Brad West.
West revelled on his home track, placing first in the Division Two 50cc standings at the weekend.
Others, however, were not as fortunate.
The challenging Blackwater track lived up to its reputation for one of the club's newest recruits, 65cc division rider Levi Rogers.
The former Dysart competitor was left battered and bruised after succumbing to the unforgiving Blackwater circuit, and missed out on a top placing.
Despite the poor result, mum Carolyne said that with a healthy riding rivalry between Levi and younger sister Chelsey, it wouldn't be long before he was back on the bike for another competition round.
"He has always wanted a bike ever since he was four years old."
As hosts to the first round of the Central Highlands Series, big competitor numbers were expected and that was what they got.
Morgan said the benefits of such events could not be understated.
"It helps us reinvest back into the club and attract more competition," he said.
The club is also set to host round one of the Central Queensland Series on March 17-18, with more than 300 riders expected.