Great results on track for riders


WHITSUNDAY motorcycle road racing riders James Dwight and Mungo McMurtrie had a successful trip to Morgan Park Raceway at Warwick last weekend.

The race meeting was held over three days at the 3.9km Morgan Park track, 150km west of Brisbane and was the final race meeting for the 2011 season.

McMurtrie suffered some unexpected electrical gremlins with his Honda VFR400cc during qualifying on the Friday but some frantic 'engineering' work saw the bike restored to top condition ready for racing on Saturday. In a large field of 32 bikes, McMurtrie was able to carve his way through the field to eventually finish his first race in 14th place.

His placings improved all weekend with a well merited sixth in the final race on Sunday.

Dwight had an excellent weekend on the Ducati Pantah 500cc setting a personal best time in qualifying in the 500cc Historic Race Bike Class.

He was able to keep the pace up all weekend with four wins from six races to take the top step of the podium in his class.

"It was just one of those race meetings where everything clicked," he said.

"I also had my share of luck with two of the faster bikes in my class having engine problems at crucial times - but that's what racing is all about, if your machine is not reliable you can't expect the results."

McMurtrie and Dwight are now looking forward to the opening of the new Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Training Facility on Sunday, December 4 and then a full season of racing at the new facility.

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