SHARP TURN: Australian and Queensland S1 Supermoto state champion Ross Taylor got a feel for the new Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Training Faility track on Sunday in preparation for the Queensland titles that will be held there in May. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
SHARP TURN: Australian and Queensland S1 Supermoto state champion Ross Taylor got a feel for the new Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Training Faility track on Sunday in preparation for the Queensland titles that will be held there in May. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Riders burn rubber at new raceway

WHITSUNDAY riding enthusiasts had the chance to burn some rubber at the come-and-try day at the Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Training Facility on Sunday.

Young and old brought out their bikes and suited up to try their hand at racing around the new track.

Australian and Queensland S1 Supermoto state champion Ross Taylor was one of many who took to the track and said there were no unexpected surprises with it.

"The good thing is it is consistent," he said.

"I can go as fast as I like and it feels the same."

Taylor said there was one fast and hard way to go around the "technical" track, something he "still hasn't figured out yet".

"When the Queensland titles come to town I need to defend my title and know how to make it around the track the quickest," he said.

"I'm trying a few different things with my machine set-up such as suspension, tyre pressure and ride height to work out a faster and cleaner way around the track."

Taylor hopes to claim back to back titles this year.

"I'm not getting any younger but am getting faster," he said.

Proserpine rider Tony Dinardo took his Yamaha banshee for a spin and said that from a rider's point of view, the track was "fun and busy".

Dinardo has been riding for the past 25 years with his son Mic currently number one at Motocross in Queensland.

Whitsunday riders Michele Wright and Ros Thomson were the only two ladies to take to the track on Sunday and invited other women to go along and have a go.

"We want to hold some trade days and hope to get more girls out here on the track," Wright said.

"We're looking at forming more friendly, non-competitive and non-aggressive social racing for the ladies also."

The Queensland Championships for the Supermoto will be held at the track in May.

A go cart come-and-try day will also be held this Sunday.

For more information contact Adam Straud on 0417 748 182.


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