Australian junior motocross championships come to close in Horsham

Navrin Grothues, Queensland, in the junior lites 15yo 128-150cc 2st/250cc 4st heats during the Australian Junior Motocross championships at Dooen.
Navrin Grothues, Queensland, in the junior lites 15yo 128-150cc 2st/250cc 4st heats during the Australian Junior Motocross championships at Dooen.

THE Australian Junior Motorcoss Championships came to a close at Dooen on Friday afternoon with club president Kenny Watts quick to say that everything had gone smoothly during the week.

“Every day was a highlight,” he said. “I had a lot of people coming up to me over the course of the week and telling me how well things had been run and how welcoming everyone in town had been. It’s only when you are a stranger that you realise how great Horsham can be.”

More than 3000 people made their way through the gates of the Horsham Motorcycle Club at Dooen over the course of the week as junior riders pushed it to the limit in a variety of classes.

Watts said the week had been largely incident free.

“There were a few kids that had to be taken to hospital with some battered bodies but you are going to get that when you have a 100-kilogram machines flying through the air,” he said.

“Most of the time they’ll still manage to get themselves up, brush themselves off and then continue.”

After a busy day of final racing on Friday the championships wound up with a presentation night.

“It was a great way to end the week,” Watts said. “We’ll now sit down as a club and look back at what worked and what we can further fine-tune.”

The club will host the Junior World Motocross World Championships next year and will need to cater for larger number of supporters than those who were track side for the Australian championships. “Everything went off really well but we’ll look at fine-tuning a few more things for the world championships next year,” Watts said. “We’ll sit down now and have a good hard look at what worked and what we might need to change.

“There will be less riders at the world championships but we are expecting a lot more supporters, that’s what we’ve got to work out how to handle.

“You don’t want no one watching on when you are on display in front of an international audience.”

Watts thanked the Horsham community for its support during the event. “I’ve got to congratulate everyone at the club who put in so much hard work,” he said.

“We’ve also got to thank council for showing great support for us once again. We’re proud that we were able to put on such a good event.”