THE largest motocross series in the country, the MX Nationals, will begin its 2018 season at Newry on Sunday.
Newry, which last hosted a round of the championship back in 2008, is well-known for its tough hard pack soil and sand sections and a concrete start.
Series promoter Kevin Williams said the Maffra-Sale Motorcycle Club venue was well-equipped to welcome thousands of motocross fans, with the track to be prepared to a world class standard.
“The MX Nationals is a very important event for not only the club, but also for the region,” he said.
“With Newry hosting a national event of this size it will bring a staggering quarter-million dollars into the local region as well as keeps the venue on the radar, and provides the sport in the area with fantastic national exposure.
“We of course have a number of riders competing from Australia, such as two-time defending MX1 champion Dean Ferris, but also international competitors from New Zealand such as Hamish Harwood, Kane Lamont and Rhys Carter, which adds that extra level of depth to the racing and is fantastic for our series, and for the local fans who are planning on coming out to watch the races this weekend.”
Winner of the past two MX1 titles, Ferris will be the man to beat this Sunday. But one rider who won’t be letting the Yamaha rider out of his sight is 2016 and 2017 MX1 runner-up Kirk Gibbs, who dominated the New Zealand Motocross Championship this year on his KTM.
Kade Mosig, who has been racing at the MSMC since his career began as a junior, could deliver on his Husqvarna.
The depth of talent isn’t limited to the MX1 class, this year the MX2 class will see a world class level of skilled talent spread across the gate with the likes of last year’s runner-up Wilson Todd fighting for the championship, 2016 runner-up Nathan Crawford returning to the class after racing in the premier class in 2017, MXD champion Cody Dyce from Tinamba, and international riders Harwood and Carter.
The MXD category will also showcase plenty of future talent, especially with the likes of Hugh Mckay and Morgan Fogarty.
The day will also include the 125cc Gold Cup, factory trucks and entertainment for children.
The Newry track is located at 54 Tatterson Lane.
Gates will open at 7.30am, and racing from 10.30am.
Spectator entry costs $30 for adults, $20 children and $70 families (two adults, two children).
There will be a free bus to the track, leaving the Port of Sale at 8am and near the rotunda in Johnson St, Maffra at 8.20am, and returning after the event.