INTERNATIONAL standard motocross came to Wonthaggi last weekend when the local motocross track hosted Round One of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals.
Battled out over a range of power divisions, the action was fast and furious all day on Sunday.
And the crowds came in huge numbers to attend the event.
They saw millions of dollars in support equipment and motorcycles assembled off the track and some serious racing on the superbly prepared circuit which was favoured by an early shower of rain, before the racing got underway.
And in one of the early highlights, the opening race of the season turned out to be a war between the Yamaha teams, with Wilson Todd narrowly taking the chequered flag riding for DPH Yamaha from Serco Yamaha’s Jackson Richardson in second place. Todd who has raced exclusively in Australia, moving down to Melbourne from Cairns in recent times, knows the circuit well, while Richardson brought his American racecraft back to Australia with him.
And it was the local knowledge that won out in the end, with Raceline KTM’s Jayden Rykers completing the first MX2 Podium for the year.
“It’s always good to start the season with a win but it’s a long season, 10 meetings and 20 races, so you’re aiming to win them all. You don’t know what it’s going to take to win the title,” said Wilson afterwards.
“The track was good to race on. We’ll see what happens in the next one.”
That was just the start of it. The day was huge from start to finish with a lot to see both on and off the track with all of the major gear manufacturers present and most of the best new bikes on display.
It certainly ranks as one of this region’s biggest major events, fitting in neatly with the Island’s GP and Superbike events.
Wonthaggi hosts massive national motocross event