Pony Express to provide treat for racers, spectators

SOME of the top motorbike enduro races in Queensland are expected to compete at next month's KTM Pony Express event at Tarome, near Aratula.

The first round on June 5 is being run by Endurance Downunder Group, known as E.D.G.

Event co-organiser Karolla Harvey said another elite rider like Toby Price could be preparing to compete.

Price is an Australian off-road motorcycle racer who represents the Red Bull Factory KTM Rally team.

Price won his major event in Newcastle in January and holds first place in the Dakar Rally series.

"Dakar is known to many in the industry as one of the world most toughest enduro events ever to enter into,'' Harvey said. "It is a huge achievement."

While elite riders can compete, Harvey said the event was suitable for anyone who obtains a race licence.

The race format is a Pony Express, for junior and senior riders competing as a team of two or ironman.

Juniors race for three hours non-stop while changing with their partners each lap.

Seniors race for five hours non-stop, also changing with their partners.

"If you are to race as an ironman this is certainly one way to get fit or know how fit you really are,'' Harvey said.

"There are pit stops however and as many as you need but keep in mind the longer you stop the further behind you can get.''

Juniors wanting to participate who don't have a race licence need to complete a Kick Start program by Motorcycling Queensland in Ipswich.

"Once they have achieved this they can ride, but must present their Kick Start books at each any every event they attend,'' she said.

Juniors and seniors will race on two separate tracks with safety a priority.

The Sunday racing starts at 9.15am.

Camping is allowed on site overnight with early sign-on and scrutineering of the bikes.

For more information, visit the Motorcycling Queensland website at: www.mqld.org.au



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