The Mount Gambier Junior Motorcycle Club fired up its 2021 season with a successful opening round on Sunday. Nestled in the pines near Tarpeena, the first event of the 2021 Limestone Coast Motorcycles and Small Engines Grass Track Series challenged 165 riders who were all pleased to jump back on their bikes.
Club president Richard Humphries said it was a great way to shift into racing again. “It was overwhelmingly a really good day,” he said. “We had a good amount of numbers and spectators, so It was nice to see some old faces and new ones too.”
Humphries said one of the most pleasing aspects of the strong turnout was the amount of riders who suited up from outside of the region. “Everyone was happy with Sunday and we had a lot of riders from Edenhope, Robe, Portland and Naracoorte,” he said.
“Probably a quarter of our entries were from outside of Mount Gambier which is great for the club and region. “It shows motorcycle racing is not just about Mount Gambier because a lot of people come from outside bringing good money into our region.”
Despite rain arriving during the build up and the cold conditions on race day, dust created another challenge for the riders to contend with. But Humphries said all competitors navigated through the challenges and put on a great show. “It was still quite dusty and we could have done with a little bit of more rain in the lead up, but everyone rode to the conditions,” he said.
“Once you got through the first few corners everyone settled down and we had good racing. “The standard of riding around Mount Gambier is very good and everyone is pushing each other to get better.”
Notable riders included usual stand-out Brad Thompson and his son Bailey, while the likes of Corey Gibbs and Luke McInnes also pushed hard. Brooke Marcus and Emily Lambert impressed in the Senior Girls class, which rode alongside the new Junior Girls category and there were actually more youngsters on the track.
The second round of the season will be held at Yahl on Sunday, May 16.