Chinchilla club revs up for weekend motocross

6th April 2017 3:07 PM
Motocross at Brigalow Recreation Grounds. Shell Sunshine State Series Round Five. 26/6/16 FAST AND FURIOUS: Riders compete in last year's Sunshine State Series Round Five. Chinchilla will play host to a round this weekend. Matthew Newton

CHINCHILLA Motocross Club already has quite the reputation, but this weekend it will be showing off its goods when the sport's most talented riders and biggest fans gather there for the coveted Airoh Sunshine State Motocross Series.

In the past two years, the club has grown rapidly, increasing from 80 members in 2014 to 451 this year, and in 2015 was named Motorcycle Queensland's most improved club.

"We want to do the best we can and now that we have the name of the most improved club and best round of the series we feel we have something to live up to and we want this to be just as good or better,” club secretary Michelle Jenner said.

Mrs Jenner said the award meant it is now a serious contender for being one of the best motocross clubs across the state, and an obvious choice to host some of the best motocross events.

"A few years ago the club was quite small and it didn't have the capacity to host something this big, but we've grown so we can now host something like this,” she said.

"Where we've come from to where we are now, we just wouldn't have been considered for an event like this five years ago because the club was quite small.”

The club was chosen to host the third of six rounds of the this year's state series for the second year in a row after being awarded best round last year.

More than 70% of people who ride at Chinchilla Motocross Club are from out of town, travelling from as far as Mackay and Coffs Harbour, which Mrs Jenner said speaks for the quality of the club's facilities and track.

"We want the community to come out to see how big motocross racing is getting. We are taken as seriously now as any of the tracks in Brisbane, Toowoomba or the Sunny Coast, we're certainly not just a little country club anymore.”

Racing kicks off at 8.30am on Saturday and Sunday at the Brigalow Recreation Ground.