Motorcycle warms up for cold race
A BLANKET came in handy at the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland Series meeting at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday.
But it wasn't for a rider, official or fan but a Suzuki GSX 1100 motorcycle.
Brisbane rider Leo Cash admitted he was late when he arrived at the raceway at 7.30am for day two of the meet.
He started the bike soon after and then put a blanket over it to keep the motor warm before he competed.
“It is good to keep wind out of the motor,” Mr Cash said.
He also had warmers on his tyres.
While Mr Cash hated the cold weather, he was prepared to put up with it if it meant the chance to ride motorcycles.
“I am up here in Warwick about four days a month,” he said.
He spent the Thursday before major meetings coaching and then marshalled on Friday before racing on the Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Cash said he should consider moving to the area as he spent so much time at Morgan Park Raceway.
Cash estimated his top speed at the raceway to get to 210 kmph.
At that speed, he said, he didn't feel the cold at all.
“Your body is moving too much to be cold.”
Even if it was cold at those speeds, Cash said he would still race motorcycles.
“I love racing so much,” he said.
There was a report from Morgan Park Raceway of frost causing damage to one of the competing bikes at the weekend.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Bryan Rolstone said more cold weather was on the way for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
“We expect more frosts in the morning and dry, sunny days,” Mr Rolstone said.
The change in the weather will occur by Wednesday when high cloud moves in from the west which will reduce the morning frosts by Thursday.
“Minimum temperatures will be on the rise after that.”
He expected Tuesday to be the coldest morning with a few negatives.
“Some places could get down to minus four,” he said.
“After that, minimum temperatures will increase and maximums decrease as the cloud thickens up from the west.”
Rain is forecast for Western Queensland on Thursday which will gradually spread to the Darling Downs and Granite Belt overnight Friday and into Saturday.
“Saturday will be a cold wet day, the minimum will be the highest but maximum at the lowest for the week.”