REVVIN' UP: Wilson Norman at the Whitsunday Dirt Riders practice session on Sunday.
REVVIN' UP: Wilson Norman at the Whitsunday Dirt Riders practice session on Sunday. Chris Saunders

Off-road, on-track locals gear up

Motorsport: Proserpine had a big weekend of motorbikes both on and off the bitumen.

Saturday saw the first race meeting of the Road Racing Association of Townsville at the Whitsunday Raceway after the recent closure of the Townsville track.

A large group of riders across a good collection of classes enjoyed the challenge and the facilities.

Spectators enjoyed some very competitive racing in both junior and senior categories from the spectator hill while filling up on the excellent fare from the canteen.

On Sunday, the racing competitiveness was swapped for a more relaxed ride as the Whitsunday Dirt Riders practise session which drew about 30 riders start their engines.

With events coming up there is an opportunity for new riders to experience the sport, riders and bikes hit both the flat track and motorcross track with the rising sun.

While the young first timers took to their own special track to boost their confidence, others launched themselves at pace.

Whitsunday Dirt Riders member Kev Burgess encouraged more locals to come along and learn to ride in a safe environment.

"We aren't a race club, we are a bike club and it's all about the two wheels and the dirt,” he said.

"Ninety per cent of our members are just recreational riders.

"Bring the bike that's been sitting in the shed and get the whole family involved.

"We are a great club and it doesn't matter what age you are.”

The Motorsport Precinct is located on Lacelles Ave, on the way to Proserpine airport. For more call Kev Burgess on 0427 475 251 or visit the Whitsunday Motosports Club/ Whitsunday Dirt Riders Facebook pages.

For more photos visit the WCG's website.