Elite racers come to town

REVVED UP: If you love your dirt bike racing you will be spoilt for choice when MX Ranch at Raymond Terrace hosts rounds 7 and 8 of the MX Nationals on July 14 and 15.
REVVED UP: If you love your dirt bike racing you will be spoilt for choice when MX Ranch at Raymond Terrace hosts rounds 7 and 8 of the MX Nationals on July 14 and 15.

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It will be on for young and old at Raymond Terrace when the MX Nationals come to the Hunter on July 14-15. 

Featuring the best pro dirt-bike riders in Australia vying for the ultimate crown in Aussie motocross, it’s sure to be an action-packed weekend.

Ranch MX will host a massive double-header over two days as competitors contest rounds 7 and 8 of the series.

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Spectators and racers alike will be faced with an exciting new layout that improves on this world class venue featuring big jumps and fast turns.

“Nine semi-trailers, 20 trucks, 60 vans, all the pro teams – it really is the dirt bike equivalent of supercars coming to town,” event promoter Graeme Boyd, from Graeme Boyd Motorcycles said.

“These guys will be vying to see who becomes Australian champion.

“With double points on offer, this will be a massive chance to grab points.

“The track looks awesome and will be fast, but there’s also going to be massive air. If you love your dirt-bike racing, this is the big one.”

Competitors will race Saturday and Sunday across a number of divisions: MX D (under 19), MX 2 (250cc) and the elite class MX 1 (450cc).

Organisers have thrown a couple of other events into the mix.

“We’ll have the YZ65 Cup for the kids – Yamaha has just released a new model,” Graeme said.

“And there will be the 125cc two stroke Gold Cup.

“People from the old days will love this one and I’m predicting we’ll see legends coming out of retirement just to ride.”

Egan Mastin and Cooper Pozniak from Woodrising will carry local hopes in the main event, while Singleton privateer Dylan Woods will be representing the region in the MX D under-19 category.

“He’s sitting in 14th at the moment but looking to impress in front of his home crowd,” a spokesperson from sponsor Singleton Motorcycles said. “This is the pinnacle event for motorcross in Australia and he’s pumped.”

The MX Nationals “circus” tours the country through 10 rounds and recently completed round 6 in Canondale, Queensland.

“The reason Newcastle has been selected for this double-header is, apart from it being the dirt-bike capital of Australia, it’s also halfway between Queensland and Victoria and so is fair on all the riders in terms of travel,” Graeme said.

“I”m expecting a massive crowd and if someone connects with the track they could break free in the championship.

“The track is the best  it has ever been. Really fast, but with massive jumps – stuff you really want to see. And we’ll have legends Craig Anderson and Danny Ham commentating. It’s going to be awesome.”

For more information, visit www.mxnationals.com.au.

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