Two of the region's heaviest motocross hitters will resume hostilities as the north's number one series, the TNQ Motocross series, explodes back into life this weekend at Mareeba.
Luke Weaver and Wilson Norman locked horns at the CQ Motocross Championship round at Proserpine two weeks ago, with Norman taking it right to the CQ title leader and two-time TNQ Champ.
On that day Norman won the MX2 category and went within two points of stealing the show in the premier MX1 division, and now he gets the chance to take on Weaver for the north’s premier crown.
The latter will be no pushover however; having dominated both the 250cc and premier class of the TNQs for the last two years, it’s clear the 28-year-old from Mourilyan, South of Innisfail, has figured out the recipe for success, and in shooting for his third straight titles, is certain to fight hard.
He’s also fresh from a dominant, two-class victory in the weekend’s King of the Goldfields event at Charters Towers.
Weaver, Norman and Townsville’s Jake Edwards have all proved their mettle aboard the snorting, 450cc monsters in the last two years, twice finishing the TNQ series in that order.
According to Race Secretary Tracey Grinham the excitement is building fast in the lead-up to the opener.
“The TNQ series is the most important thing to win in this part of the state, and this year there are two new features to switch things up a little bit,” said Grinham. “The first is a hidden double-points round, that won't be revealed until two days before the chosen event.
“The other is a special series finale at Charters Towers in August, which will be the first day-night meeting in the history of the series.”
The second round of the TNQs will take place in Townsville on June 9, with the Tully round a fortnight later, while round 4 takes place in Cairns in July and the day-night finale in August.
North Queensland greats such as Caleb Ward, Todd Waters, World Champion junior Brayden Plath,
Richie Evans and Mitchell Evans are all former winners at TNQ level, who prove the series’ status as a breeding ground for future talent.
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