Motorcyclists find right mix
TWENTY years ago, there was dirt racing at Morgan Park Raceway.
Then a sealed circuit was constructed and lengthened but a bit of dirt racing has returned.
Last weekend, the Queensland Motorcycle Sportsmen held their third Supermoto racing weekend as part of a club weekend for 60 bikes up to 1000cc.
Gumdale truck driver Peter Cox is the veteran of the supermoto class, which mixes riding on the sealed raceway with a bit of dirt bike racing and jumps in between.
"It is about 75% on the sealed raceway," he said.
"Some volunteers from our club had worked on the dirt track along with members of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club."
There were 13 in the supermoto class at the weekend riding 450cc bikes.
The bikes reach speeds of 160kmh to 180kmh on the sealed section but Cox reckons they are lucky to reach 50kmh on dirt, which is just as well as he had two small falls at the weekend.
"My motto is you are never too old to have fun," Cox said.
"After Warwick meetings, we catch up at Aratula on the way home.
"Supermoto bikes are motocross bikes with the rims changed, different brakes and racing slicks."
He will travel as far as Mareeba to race this year.