Horsham to host MX Nationals round four

REPRESENT: Horsham motocross rider Corey Watts will race in the MX1 450cc class alongside Horsham Motorcycle Club member Lachie Davis at the weekend. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
REPRESENT: Horsham motocross rider Corey Watts will race in the MX1 450cc class alongside Horsham Motorcycle Club member Lachie Davis at the weekend. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ROUND four of the MX Nationals will be hitting Horsham on Sunday, bringing about 3000 people to the city.

The nationals will host four classes; – Thor MX1, Motul MX2, Pirelli MXD and Yamaha 250cc Juniors. 

It will be at the Dooen Recreation Reserve. 

Gates open at 7.30am on Sunday with bikes on the track by 8am. 

More than 150 motocross riders will come to the region for the Australian-wide competition.

Horsham Motorcycle Club president Kenny Watts said the event had major economic advantages for the region. 

“It lets people from the region witness a motor-sport event that is at this level,” he said. 

“It’s action-packed, from the start and until the end.

“People can witness everything from seeing the ability of the riders and the accidents.” 

The event will bring more than 3000 spectators, first aid, families, friends, crew and media to Horsham. 

The Horsham motocross track has undergone several upgrades over the past year so now you can be six metres away from the action. 

“Some of the best riders from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia and United States will be in Horsham,” Watts said. 

Some of those racers are Brett Metcalfe, Kyle Peters and Alekzandr Tonkov. 

The MX Nationals has 10 rounds across Australia. 

Watts said Horsham was lucky it had round four. 

“It means we are well into the competition and all the riders don’t have any of their niggling injuries anymore,” he said. 

“All the riders are up to the pace and there is no excuse to take the round by storm and give it their all.” 

Watts said this was the 10th anniversary of the club hosting the event. 

“Our track and club is looking a million dollars,” he said. 

“We have doubled the wash bay capacity from 15 to 30.”

On Saturday there will be a meet and greet and a barbecue from 4.30pm at the reserve, which will be a gold coin donation. 

Proceeds will be donated to beyondblue.