Brisbane's big summer dirt track meet - the North Brisbane Cup - is
about to blast back into life this Saturday at Mick Doohan Raceway.
The event brings together a batch of very hot operators from various
disciplines, and from all over the state, to the (comparatively) level playing
field of dirt track.
Actually - not completely level. Apart from the banks and cambers that
contribute to the technicality of the circuit, the North Brisbane track will
again contain the event's signature obstacle, a ski jump that adds a unique
Current national 450 champ Kayden Downing is returning aboard a JR's Motorcycles Husky 450 to defend the North Brisbane Cup crown he won just over a year
He'll have stiff opposition from the likes of red hot, KX450F-mounted local
Max Whale, fresh out of juniors and keen to maintain the impressive momentum
he's gained in recent years.
He's just one of a new wave of super-quick juniors who have recently
crested into seniors - or are about to.
Multiple Queensland Enduro Champion Lachy Stanford continues to grow in
confidence and stature as an elite racer, and he's again keen to supplement his
off-road training build-up with some smooth-surface throttle control work.
Hero of last weekend's Burt Munro Challenge in New Zealand, Damien
Koppe, will take a Brisbane diversion on his way home to Townsville for the NB
The former pro speedway racer and Mackay Beach race winner is a dab
hand at both high speeds and smooth surfaces, and will definitely be worth
For the first time ever, the North Brisbane club has offered Pre-90
racing, and the class went within a single entry of being the most heavily
subscribed class in the event.
In among all the grizzled veteran racers, 16-year-old up-and-comer
Tom Kruger will campaign an '81 Honda CR250 that is more than 20 years older
than he is!
The event takes place Mick Doohan Raceway, Raubers Rd, Banyo, with
practice at 10am, followed by racing right into the evening.
Downing, Whale pics: Colin Stratford
Stanford pic: John Pinnell