Elliott Festa tackles the Tivoli Raceway motocross track during a new training program designed to help young people.
Elliott Festa tackles the Tivoli Raceway motocross track during a new training program designed to help young people. Sarah Harvey

Motocross program a winner

TIVOLI Raceway has for many years been a fantastic venue for top-class motorcycling and motocross events.

However, a new training program is sure to boost interest in the sport and provide a positive environment for teenage competitors.

The Moreton Districts Motocross Club has partnered with Motorcycling Queensland and BoysTown to offer a regular training and education structure for 14-18 year olds.

Club president Simon Wadwell is thrilled with the Kickstart BoysTown Motocross Training Program launched last week at the Tivoli site.

“It’s a community thing the club is involved in to help young people and introduce them to the sport,” Wadwell said.

“It gives them something positive to do. We always say if you race motocross, you can’t afford to do anything bad.”

Demo rider Logan Wadwell introduced BoysTowns participants to the exciting sport last week.

The BoysTown participants had earlier received sessions at Goodna on the mechanics of bikes and racing rules and regulations.

They are now working on obtaining their recreational licences so they can race on Motorcycling Australia affiliated tracks.

Former club secretary Wadwell took over the presidency in December.

He’s also a Motorcycling Australia accredited coach so has a keen interest in encouraging newcomers.

“I’m here to help them learn all about it and get them involved in a positive sport as well,” Wadwell said.

“The kids were really, really excited the other day.

“There will be larger groups coming through more often.”

Wadwell, who still competes in open veterans competition, has been involved in racing since 1974.

The Moreton club has nearly 400 members.

“We escaped the floods by about 50 metres (at the back),” Wadwell said.

But the track received some flood damage which is being repaired.

The club’s major event coming up is hosting the annual Sunshine State Motocross series round on April 16-17.

Regular club and practice days are also held at the Tivoli facility.



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