Riders rev it up
IPSWICH racer Travis Regeling knows how tough it is to make the top five in the Shell Advance Sunshine State Motocross series.
With national riders such as Matt Moss and Aden De-Jager to contend with, the racing is always fiercely contested in Queensland's premier series.
However, Flinders View-based Regeling goes into this weekend's sixth round at Tivoli Raceway with local knowledge and confidence.
He won 10 of his 11 races at the recent Moreton Districts Motocross Club meeting at the same venue.
"I expect to run around the top five if I can," Regeling said.
"A few of the national riders are coming again for the series so it will be pretty tight racing between everyone there for sure.
"It's a very hard, clay-based soil so it can be quite technical once you get a bit of water on it."
Regeling, 35, has been tackling the Tivoli circuit since he was a mini rider.
Having won or placed in previous state series, Regeling is currently sixth in Pro Open competition and ninth in the Pro Lites.
His best finish this season was a fourth at Kilcoy in round one of the eight-round series.
"For me, everything is coming together just in time for the Queensland titles in three weeks," he said.
Five hundred riders are expected to race in a number of events tomorrow and on Sunday.
Club president Simon Wadwell is tipping the track to be in perfect condition, especially for the leading riders from Queensland and interstate.
"The track has been lengthened and more obstacles added to make that much more difficult," Wadwell said.
Wadwell said tactics would play a huge role at the Moreton Districts Motocross Club hosted event.
"A lot of bikes and riders won't even make it through the day," Wadwell said.
"Motocross is fitness, tyres and suspension. Engines don't come into is as much. And a lot of mental as well - you play mind games with people.
"If you aren't prepared for Tivoli it will bite you hard.
"It's long main straight and hard-packed surfaces can sometimes see unexpected results as riders fight to get the most out their bikes and their bodies."
Practice and racing is from 8.30am on both days.
Tomorrow features juniors aged 5-15 and with a bike capacity of 50cc to 250cc.
Top juniors to watch include Joel Dinsdale, Nathan Crawford, Todd Wilson, Hunter Lawrence and Moreton club riders Reece Rayner and Jarred Morrisson.
Sunday's racing is for the senior competitors. Elite riders to watch include Pro Lites stars Jay Wilson, Sam Liekefett, Wade Hunter, Darcy Jones and Ford Dale.
Regeling will be joined by other local riders including Dylan Westaway, Luke Townsend and Trent Maher.
In Pro Open class, De-Jager and Moss are battling for top spot with Todd Waters challenging in third.
Moreton club riders chasing the 75 points on offer include Nic Geck.