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Motocross season kicks into action



By ALAN PATERSON

THE North Coast Motocross series will kick start with a blast tomorrow at Gnudwoc Park, South Grafton.

Formerly known as the North Coast 5-Way, the series has grown in stature since its inception more than 10 years ago.

The first round of the 2005 series is hosted by the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club (SGEMC) and has already attracted record fields, with more than 150 riders entered.

Although a North Coast Series, it attracts riders from as far away as Narrabri, Goondiwindi, Gunnedah, Taree, Gold Coast and Nerang.

The Gnudwoc Park track is in great condition due to the recent upgrade of several exciting jumps and part of the racing surface.

With such large, quality fields ? around 16 A and B graders have entered ? tomorrow's round of the series will serve up some sensational and furious motorcycle action.

The day will start early tomorrow to process such large numbers through sign on, machine examination and practise for the scheduled 10am start.

The SGEMC welcomes all spectators to this action packed event, with full canteen facilities and free entry.

If you have not treated yourself or your family to the action at the picturesque racing facility, now would be the time to do it.

Thirteen classes will be contested in this year's revamped series with class riders such as Nic Mitchell, Nathan Bates and Ben Dutton all set to do battle in the premier event, the A and B grade All Powers.

They will also feature in the Open all powers with Adrian Macintosh and Glen Poole of Coffs Harbour.

The over 200 two stroke and over 250 four stroke classes will boast local riders Jack Hawkins and Troy Henwood.

The senior ultra light class will have local young guns David Wiggley, Mitch Collins and Peter Travis taking on a large field of 18.

There are seven junior classes. In the junior 125 class, Ashleigh Bate and Josie Hawkins will take on the best this class has to offer including form riders Matt Mitchell, Toby Shirla and Joel Rizzo.

In the two 85cc classes riders to look out for include Jacob McLeod, Tyson Nelson, Brenton Mathew, Jay Adamson and Jack Craig.

Gnudwoc Park is located on Old Lillypool Road, just south on the highway in South Graf- ton.