Motorcycle racers heading south
WHITSUNDAY motorcycle racers James Dwight and Mungo McMurtrie have started their 1200km journey to Warwick today to compete in the 2011 Southern Downs Road Race Series this weekend.
The duo will be competing on the 3.9km Morgan Park track where Dwight will be racing a Ducati Pantah 500 in the classic race up to 50cc, while McMurtrie races his Honda VFR400 in the premodern race up to 500cc.
It will be the third time the pair has raced in the series with McMurtrie racing his Honda at the track in June this year where he set the lap record for his class.
Dwight said he enjoyed the competitiveness of motorcycle racing.
"I get a lot of satisfaction from building my own bikes and racing them successfully," he said.
Dwight said he had done a lot of preparation for the upcoming series and was hoping for a midfield finish at the event.
"Mungo is a lot faster than me and will be going for a podium finish," he said.
"We've been doing a lot of fitness work and have looked over the bike meticulously, making sure the bikes are highly tuned.
"This is important because of the type of racing we will be doing."
The motorcyclists will do practice laps on Saturday morning before taking part in qualifying races that will dictate their start positions on the grid.
During each race the competitors will accumulate points that will go towards their overall position at the event.
A presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 26 at an annual presentation dinner.
The series will be the final event Dwight and McMurtrie will have to travel to for the year and are looking forward to racing at the new Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Training Facility when it opens on Sunday, December 4.