Bikes headed this way
MOTORBIKE champion Kirk Hutton will aim to clinch a 10th successive Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championship title when he competes in two of the three rounds of the series on the Southern Downs this year.
The first round of the enduro series is in Mackay on March 20-21.
Goomburra is the venue for the second round in April and the series will conclude at Cherrabah on June 20-21.
Last year, a round of the Queensland championships was held at Goomburra. Cherrabah will host a state championship round for the first time in June.
Hutton was third in a field of 200 in the Cherrabah round of the Australian Off-Road Championships last year.
This year, Hutton expects 200 riders to compete in both the Goomburra and Cherrabah rounds.
“The sandy soil at Cherrabah can be a bit dusty in dry weather but is awesome in wet weather,” Hutton said.
“It is one of the best courses around if it gets some rain.”
He said the course at Goomburra was rocky and technical.
“It is quite difficult to ride which offers a lot more challenges to the riders,” Hutton said.
At the weekend, Hutton made two wins from two races in the opening round of the three-round Queensland Suzuki Enduro-Cross Series near Kingaroy. Hutton, 36, piloted his “awesome” YZ450F to victory by more than two minutes over the 250-strong field, which included three-time Australian Off-Road champion, AJ Roberts.
The Kobble Creek (Dayboro) resident’s win followed an equally impressive first place finish at the first round of the Yamaha Sprint Cross-Country Series last weekend.
“I’m stoked, it’s a good start to the year after a pretty big mistake on the first lap,” he said.