Rain tests skills of riders at Morgan Park

Martin Lloyd says racing is giving into that part of him that never grows up.
Martin Lloyd says racing is giving into that part of him that never grows up. Kerri Burns-Taylor

AN afternoon patch of rain caused chaos for motorcycle riders at Morgan Park yesterday but Brisbane's Martin Lloyd said it only made things more interesting.

Some competitors in the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland meet struggled to pull off their best performances on the wet track and some even came off their bikes.

Although he enjoyed the testing conditions, Lloyd didn't exactly escape unscathed.

During his first ride of the day, Lloyd "tank slapped", when he was thrown into the air and crashed down on his bike.

He walked from the track slightly worse for wear after the mishap but Lloyd loved every minute of it.

"I love this track - it's my favourite one because it's scary but that makes it more fun," he said.

"It's probably one of those things you enjoy more after it's finished than while you are out there doing it."

Lloyd's passion for racing was kick-started when he met Stirling Moss as a child and he has tried his hand at everything since.

From the Scalectrix slot car machine to sports cars and yachts, there isn't a machine he hasn't put across the finish line.

But like the 14-year-old daredevil that never grows up, Lloyd said it all came down to danger.

"Rally cars and bikes are my favourite things to race and I think it is because they are the most dangerous - and that makes them the most fun," he said.

"Our bodies grow but there is a part of a brain that doesn't grow past being that teenage boy.

"I'm 61 and I still love that boy."

Despite being one of the more mature riders on the track, Lloyd has no plans to hang up his helmet.

"At the last meeting I went to there was an 84-year-old racing a historic bike. I want to be him," he said.



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