This year’s Queensland Women’s and Vets Motocross Championship event has been awarded to Roma District Motorcycle Club, to unfold at Ironbark Raceway on the weekend of July 13/14.
The title was last held at Roma back in 2016, and after a recent track re-design, President Mark Fisher says the club is super keen to run the event again.
“It’s so good to bring it back out here,” says Fisher.
“Emerald had the Queensland Women’s Champs last year and did really well, but generally the major events go to the more populated areas, so this might raise a bit more interest in the bush for the ladies, and maybe it’ll bring a few of the older riders out of hiding.
“Everyone is very keen; the whole club is excited to get the Women’s and Vets back here again.
“Our new track changes have created a whole new design with a clockwise layout that has improved spectator viewing, so fans can better keep track of the riders as they race.
“We’ve got a good group of helpers and machine operators; there’s quite a lot of support from young people too, so it’s exciting times for the club. Even since the announcement recently of the Airoh (Sunshine State MX series) round coming this way, more people are out at the track giving a hand – it’s definitely lifted the enthusiasm.”
Off-road motorcycle recreation contributes significantly to the ‘dirt bike economy’ that helps fuel many small towns in rural Queensland, and it’s hoped that with approximately 13 veterans’, women’s and girls’ classes, the event will bring in excess of 300 visitors to the community for the weekend and help businesses that might be experiencing tough times as a result of the drought.
The event is also expected to draw additional riders to two other Roma motocross events scheduled in the first half of the year - the Airoh Sunshine State round (March 23/24) and Easter in the Country.
Kevin Mortimer from the Queensland Motocross Subcommittee explains why they were happy to award the event to Roma. “It’s a great, organised club with a welcoming atmosphere, and they take pride in the track they present. It’s only a couple of kilometres from town, where there are lots of motels if you don’t want to camp.”
The track is a popular one, and with its blend of black soil mixed with sawdust and sand, is known to favour the pilots who can master the deep ruts which traditionally form up throughout the day.
The battle for this year’s Maroon plate is already attracting plenty of contenders, with last year’s defending Champion, Moranbah’s Nicole Kenny confirming she can’t wait to visit Roma and defend her title for a second time. Most of last year’s top ten, including Chelsea Carter, Ellyse O’Connor, Britney Boyce, Pippa Wilkings, Ashleigh Thompson and Hayley Miller have already confirmed their desire to make sure Kenny doesn’t have it all her own way.
For further information, please contact Roma District Motorcycle Club President Mark Fisher, on (0428) 226 895.
Caption: Last year's Emerald Women's Q plate was a cracker, with Nicole Kenny (#1) fighting off a determined attack from #5 Chelsea Carter, while the likes of Ellyse O'Connor, Georgia Murray, Britney Boyce and Pippa Wilkings all emerged as riders to watch out for next time. In 2019, it's Roma's turn to host the party for both thte Women's and the Vets. Be there on July 13/14.