The Toowoomba Motocross Club has been hard on the tools, and is excited to serve up a brand new version of its inimitable chocolate and red clay circuit – Echo Valley - when the gates drop for its flagship event in just a month’s time.
Backed by KTM and Motorex, Mountain Man Motocross is a prestigious 44-year-old event with a unique formula that features unlimited capacity motorcycles and a mountainous course.
The list of legends who have lifted the prestigious Mountain Man trophy is a veritable who’s who of Australian motocross royalty and a new rider will get the chance to add his name to the legend on February 24.
This time round the club has settled on a new track designed to increase both the fun and technical quotient, while still facilitating the vintage racers and bikes. Experienced track builder Sam Kendall - who raced the second-ever Mountain Man in 1976 and used to build practice tracks for Toowoomba hero Troy Carroll - designed the track.
Since the 40th anniversary epic in 2015, top MX1 contenders Kade Mosig, Kirk Gibbs and Dean Ferris have all joined the Mountain Man Honour Roll, and Toowoomba Motocross Club President Ojai Maguire is hopeful of a big turn out for this year's event.
With a date just three weeks out from the start of the MX Nationals, another part of the attraction is the event’s status as a very useful hit-out for the riders, and a shakedown for the machines, on one of the country’s few world-class motocross tracks.
The other lure is Australia’s biggest prize pool. While the winner will walk away with $1500, the prizemoney pool will pay all the way down to 40th place in the title class.
With the event's 40+ years of history the club is mindful of its strong heritage appeal and will continue the popular vintage racing during the Saturday program, while other support classes include Women's, Junior and Sidecar racing.
With the resurgence of interest in two-stroke machines, this year the traditional 125cc Gold Cup has been renamed the Premix class and expanded to include two-stroke powered machines right up to the 500cc monsters which ruled the slopes of Echo Valley in years gone by.
The club has also moved to increase spectator value of Mountain Man, by providing access to the infield for a closer look at the action, offering a $10 weekend pass to access both days racing, and welcoming kids under 13 for free.
Tickets are available at the gate, and for more details please check out the Mountain Man Motocross Facebook page, or contact club President Ojai Maquire on (0428) 159 989.