THE Dandenong Motorcycle Club is this week gearing-up to host the coveted opening rounds of the 2016 Yamaha Victorian Off-Road Championship at Rawson, just outside of Moe, in the state’s south-east.
Dandenong MC’s Public Officer and Off-Road Captain Bryan Noble is expecting a field of hundreds of riders who’ll be wanting to kick-start their season in the best possible way this weekend, March 5-6.
“The course at Rawson will be challenging from start to finish. Unlike a lot of other off-road events that we do in Victoria, this course is actually in a paddock with trees. It’s a little unique which the riders will enjoy,” Bryan said.
Juniors, Under 19s and Women’s classes will compete in Sprint events on Saturday, March 5 whilst Seniors; Pro, Expert and Clubman classes, will compete in Sprint events on Sunday, March 6. “They’ll ride a Loop, which is un-timed trail section, for about 10 minutes and then they’ll ride a timed 8-10 minute Sprint Loop,” Bryan added.
“We’re absolutely stoked to be hosting the opening rounds of the 2016 Yamaha VORC. The club has been running rounds of the VORC since 1978. We’ve been fairly consistent in hosting one almost every year since then,” he said.
Dandenong MC will also host a junior round (Round 3) at Erica on April 16. “We’re the only club that runs a junior enduro. We’ve supported juniors doing enduros for many years and a lot of our Pro riders, like Daniel Sanders and Daniel Milner, have developed their skills from those days.
“We’re big on developing our juniors as we see them as the absolute future of our sport and the proof is in the pudding,” Bryan added.
Dandenong MC Member Bayley Burt is one rider looking forward to competing at this year’s opening rounds: “It is a lot of fun riding and camping with my mates and Dad almost every weekend,” Bayley, who finished third overall in the Expert One class in 2015, said.
On the course at Rawson this weekend, Bayley was praiseworthy: “It’s probably one of the best tracks in Victoria for me I reckon. It’s tight, and single-trailed. It’s actual off-road riding and your fitness comes into play there as well,” Bayley added.
“It’s a pretty exiting year. I’ll try and compete in all the rounds. I just basically want to have fun, finish top 20 outright, and I’d like to get quicker on the bike,” Bayley, who would like thank his Mum and Dad for all their support throughout the season, added.
Bryan would like to thank Andrew Micah and Pat Micah and the local community who have been very supportive of the 2016 Yamaha VORC.
Online entries close Wednesday, March 2, at MIDNIGHT here: https://www.mvorconline.com/mvorc/
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