City motorcycle club revs into action

The Mount Gambier Junior Motorcycle Club revs back to life this Sunday when the 2021 Limestone Coast Motorcycles and Small Engines Grass Track Series kicks off. The opening round will be held at Pleasant Park this Sunday morning and over 100 riders are expected.

Fresh from a nice break over summer, club president Richard Humphries said all was in readiness for an even bigger year of racing. “We have seven grass track rounds pencilled in plus the Millicent Show so it is going to be a busy year,” he said. “It is a similar calendar to last year, so it will be good to get back into making some money for the club.”

The opening round is back to its traditional date after COVID-19 delayed the first race in 2020 until July. Pleasant Park located just outside of Tarpeena is the venue, which also hosted round 2 last season. Although entries were not finalised at the time of print, Humphries believes the club maintained a strong amount of interest over the break.

“We have had our entries open for a couple of weeks and it is usually pretty slow until people actually know what they are doing, so hopefully it picks up,” he said. “We aim to get around 150 entries which is what we averaged last year.”

All classes remain the same expect for one new and exciting category. A new Junior Girls division has been created to help young girls get into the high-octane sport and jump on a bike. It will be run in conjunction with the Senior Women’s races.

The summer also shaped up to be a pivotal time in the club’s continual chase to find a patch of land to call home. Humphries said progress had been made, but admitted he could not reveal many details about the ongoing negotiations.

“We have been pretty busy trying to get a permanent home,” he said. “It is hard to say too much because there is a process, but it is well advanced and promising. “Hopefully the council can help us and soon enough we will have an announcement to make.”

This weekend the club will continue to encourage social distancing and hand sanitising where possible to keep the community safe. Despite the lingering challenges off the track, the green flag is ready to drop on a big year with the boost of a new naming rights partner in Limestone Coast Motorcycles and Small Engines.

All late entries not completed online before raceday will receive an extra $20 fee, while every rider needs to be an AMA member with sign ins starting proceedings from 8am.

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