Motocross track at Dutson

A NATIONAL standard motocross track has been established at Dutson, likely to be opened to the public in April with a Thundercross race meeting to be held in May.

Dan Krusic said establishing Krusic’s Ride Park, located 20 kilometres from Sale on Longford-Loch Sport Rd, had been two years in the making.

“It’s one of the first privately run tracks in Victoria, there is one other near Ballarat,” he said.

“The advantage of that is we have five tracks.

“The trouble you get is 300 riders all fighting on one track.

“With five tracks you can spread out events and you’re not fighting for space.

“We have a flat, grass area for beginners starting to learn to ride right up to a professional track, which we will be opening up to the public.

“At this stage we will look at opening Friday, Saturday and Sunday and maybe school holidays, depending on patronage.”

Krusic said he decided to establish the ride park after many pro riders had visited his Dutson property.

“I know a lot of pro riders and I had the land, so I made one track,” he said.

“I had plenty down here but I needed insurance to get them down here, so that’s what got the ball rolling.”

Krusic said establishing the ride park hadn’t been without its challenges, with the land having to be re-zoned in order for it to go ahead.

“(Local politicians) Peter Ryan, Darren Chester, the head of police and DEPI had all been out here, every man and his dog was in favour of it,” he said.

“It has been two years in the planning, we were meeting with all of them here, in this spot two years ago.

“(Wellington Shire mayor Scott) Rossetti came out and said this has to happen, make it happen.

“We weren’t allowed to have a moto racing track on farm land, so we had to get a change in legislation.”

Krusic said all was in ready for a track opening and the Thundercross event.

“The car park is done, the track is done and the fencing is done,” he said.

“Our track is watered and we have our own earthmoving gear.

“We’re just waiting on the grass to grow green, the dirt to go black and the road a bit more white so it’s not so dusty.”

Krusic said he hoped to eventually offer bikes for hire at the track, along with coaching for beginners.

“I’ve had schools out here,” he said.

Riders could work their way around the property, progressing from the beginners’ grassed area to the mini bike track, a veteran track (two safe jumps and a flat track), a clay track for a different surface before tackling the pro track, a two kilometre high skill, level one course.

Krusic said he hoped to also cater for horse riders down the track with menages.

“There’s a small market for it all,” he said.

“My business model is aimed at the 30 to 40-year-olds, I meet them all the time in the bike shops and ask who they are getting the 150 for, and they say the missus.

“But then they have to get it rec registered and a rec license, they go riding up the bush but can’t take the kids.

“By the time you join a club, license and membership you’re looking at $1000.

“At least if you come out here you can easily tell if your kid wants to ride or not and for $20, no harm done.”

Entry cost at the ride park is expected to be set at $40 per adult, $20 junior and $5 for pee-wee rider.

A Thundercross meeting will be held at the park on May 17 and 18, and is shaping up to be a sell out, with entries expected to reach capacity.

Classic bikes will form part of the Saturday program for those older riders who still have their pride and joy from pre-1990.

Sunday has another full program for riders over 16 years, including a spectacular women’s class and a non-competitive rally class for riders who just want to ride the track without experiencing the heat of battle in a racing situation.

“Kids don’t need a competition license to compete at Thundercross,” Krusic said.

“I think that (competition license) scares people off a bit.”

To enter the Thundercross, visit www.registernow.com.au and search for “Thundercross MX”.