THE Wimmera has received an economic boost as a result of the Australian Junior Motocross Championship at Dooen.
Horsham Motorcycle Club president Kenny Watts said about 2000 people attended the week-long event.
“Plus there were extra people on Thursday and Friday – we had an amazing crowd at the venue,” he said.
“A lot of senior riders took the day off work to come and watch and we had people from across Victoria and South Australia.
“We are rapt with the support we got.”
Mr Watts said the championship had a positive influence on businesses in Horsham.
“Most families would have spent thousands of dollars in Horsham during the week,” he said.
“We received a lot of positive feedback from people saying what it had done for the community.
“I went out for tea twice during the week myself, and every table was taken by motocross people.”
Mr Watts said because it was a junior championship, there was often only one rider from each family, but the whole family came for the event.
He said there was also time for the riders to explore the region.
“I’ve heard from people out in Natimuk and Mt Arapiles who said there were motocross riders out there,” he said.
“Other people visited the Grampians, and some families even stayed there.”
Mr Watts said the club had received strong feedback about the championship.
“Some competitors have said it was the best event in the history of junior motocross,” he said.
“It raised the bar high and set a new standard of competition.
“We were rapt with how the event ran and how much support the competitors gave to the city.”
Wimmera businesses also experienced the influx of visitors first-hand.
Wimmera Lakes Caravan Park owner Chris Johnson said the whole town was busy because of the event.
“We had a very good week and the caravan park was full – which was fantastic,” he said.
He said he hoped some of the visitors would return.
Mayor David Grimble said the motocross championship was an extremely significant event for Horsham Rural City.
“These events generate so much activity and prosperity and it’s such a great thing for the region,” he said.
“Hopefully people come for a particular event and then they might think to come back again.”
Horsham Rural City Council tourism manager Chris McClure said the economic benefit of the extra visitors was estimated at more than $2 million.