June 18, 2019
Volunteers have been hard at work at the South Burnett Junior Motorcycle Club’s track in Kingaroy to get everything ready for the group’s first racing club day for more than a decade.
President Brent Perrett said the club had been holding monthly practice days on its new track but motocross racing would be returning for real this Saturday (June 22).
Practice starts at 8:15am followed by racing at 10:00am.
Riders will range from age four upwards. Junior riders will spend 10 minutes on the track during each race and seniors, 12 minutes.
The 1.55km-long SBJMX track, located on Edenvale South Road, has been completely rebuilt over the past two years.
Brent said the club had received grants from the Tarong Community Benefit Fund and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to create a whole new facility.
A tractor had been purchased to help with track maintenance and a $40,000 underground irrigation system installed.
A $4500 community grant from the South Burnett Regional Council allowed the club to buy a $4500 solar pump.
The construction of the new track has also taken hundreds of hours of work from volunteers, many of whom have been using their own equipment such as bobcats.
Brent said the club was hoping to attract between 100 and 150 riders on Saturday.
All the riders must have licences to race, however spectators have been invited to come along and watch the racing for free.
A canteen will be running at the track all day.
Brent said the racing club day would serve as a test for the new facility ahead of the track hosting a round of the South-East Queensland Junior MX series on September 14-15.
Between 300 and 400 riders were expected to take part in this event.
He said the club aims to get back to holding more State rounds at the facility in the future, something it used to do in the past.
As well, it will continue to hold regular practice days.
“Riders don’t need to have a full race licence for the practice days, they can just get a day licence from the club,” Brent said.
Also planned are coaching clinics, with two pencilled in for August.
Brent said he would especially like to thank the sponsors who were supporting this weekend’s event: Kingaroy Office Central, Kingaroy Motorcycles, Crowies Paints, Herbohn’s Auto Electrical, Gordonbrook Sand Quarry, Burnett Business Centre, Stokesy’s Mowing Service and Lawn Care, Kingaroy Plumbing Works, Blacks Electrical, CAS Designs, Burnett Water Services, Stanwell Corporation, South Burnett Regional Council, Chubb Kingaroy, Mick Johnson Haulage, All About Refrigeration, The Little Butcher and BC Autos.