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The whole motorcycling industry has been strangely quiet this week. Usually we hear some little tidbits of news, gossip and rumours floating about, but everyone has been very subdued.
Most riders are either putting in some hard yards training for the final round of the supercross championship, trying to earn a few bucks during the off-season with some “normal” work, or are currently still in recovery mode.
With the Toowoomba finale of the supercross still three weeks away, a number of riders are taking the opportunity to come up to Queensland and race the two-round Queensland Supercross Championship at Robbie Marshall’s (this weekend) and Rob Haworth’s (next week) in order to keep their eyes in and get used to the Sunny State’s weather.
With the two Queensland rounds on back-to-back weekends, you’ll find a healthy number of pros and A-grade riders making the most of the extra races.
One thing that has been a big disheartening for the two Robs is the lack of junior entrants. They’ve specifically designed the tracks to cater for both the pros and the juniors, but grom entry numbers have been so lacking they’ve had to combine classes… and it’s still looking like it’ll be one of the smallest gates of the day.
It’s disappointing to see the guys struggle to find enough keen youngsters to fill a gate, but the event’s close proximity to the Australian Junior titles a couple weeks’ back might have something to do with it. Mum and dad have just wrapped up a busy season of racing and need to earn some cash before young Harry wants to do it all again next year.
On the freestyle scene, tonight marks the start of a mammoth six-week trip through Europe and Russia for the Nitro Circus Live crew. The boys and girls are leaving Australia tonight for Moscow, and will undertake a whopping 20 shows in just six weeks.
While it’s exciting to see the Australian-dominated show head into untested waters, spare a thought for my buddy Steve Mini, who only got married four days ago and is leaving his new wife, Kalya, back home. Better make sure that dogbox is nice and comfortable before you leave, mate, because that’s where you’ll be sleeping when you get back!
That’s about it for me this week.
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