SOUTH Gippsland motocross champion Cameron Taylor is heading back to his roots. The Dandenong Motorcycle Club member will look to defend his 2011 Victorian title on his home track when the opening round of the 2012 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships comes to Wonthaggi on March 17-18.
“I have been riding at Wonthaggi for the past 30 years. It was where I had my first race,” the former national motocross champion said.
The Pearcedale resident won two Australian motocross titles in 1993 and 2005 as well as a national supercross title in 2004. Last year Taylor won his umpteenth Victorian senior title thrillingly in the very last race of the season at Newborough.
“Wonthaggi’s a nice rural setting. The track has a really nice surface when it’s in good condition. You’re able to take the corners fast and hard which I love,” Cameron added.
“I’m still pretty keen to do the Victorian titles. I still enjoy racing and winning.”
The Wonthaggi Motorcycle Complex, located on West Area Road, will also host Round 3 of the 2012 MX Nationals on April 29.
“It’s been six years since we last had the MX Nationals in Gippsland,” Dandenong Motorcycle Club president Glenn Capuano said.
“The population since those days has exploded. It’s a younger population now and with the desalinisation workers there we’re hoping to draw a large crowd.
“The place is looking a million dollars,” Glenn added.
With a round of the Victorian Senior Motocross Championships and Shell Advance Gippsland Championships, a round of the MX Nationals, and rounds of the Yamaha Victorian Off-Road Championships and Australian Off-Road Championships in late March, the events at Wonthaggi are estimated to inject about half a million dollars into the local economy.
Asked how Wonthaggi will fare hosting such big events, Cameron replied: “I think all the riders will really enjoy the track. It creates really good racing.” The 2012 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships starts on Saturday, March 17 at West Area Road, Wonthaggi.