By TONY WHITE
THRILLS, spills and exciting racing provided spectators with plenty of action at the North Coast Motocross Series at Gnudwoc Park, South Grafton, on Sunday.
More than 150 competitors lined up, battling for points in the opening round of the series.
"Outside of a couple of injuries it was an excellent, successful day," organiser Narelle Rankin said.
"The crowd was good and for once the weather held up."
Several local riders starred on the day including Ben Dutton.
Dutton astounded spectators in the opening race of the A-grade when he blew his rivals away.
Dutton eventually finished third overall in the grade behind Coffs Harbour rider Adrian McIntyre and David Denks-Brown from Grafton.
Denks-Brown failed to win a race but his consistency saw him on the podium.
The Over-35s class provided a meetings highlight.
Locals Don McLeod and Jack Hawkins staged a ding dong battle for the minor placings behind Coffs flyer, Glen Poole. Poole also won the Opens from fellow Coffs Harbour riders Hayden Timms and McIntyre.
Yamba resident and Maclean Club member Nick Mitchell struck a high nore for the locals by winning the B-grade section.
In the Under-200, 2-stroke C-grade, Mitch Collins from South Grafton finished runner-up to Coffs Harbour rider Rick Bailey.
Grafton's Jacob McLeod and Jay Adamson finished second and third respectively in the 85cc 9 and Under-12 class.
Adamson also finished third in the 65cc 10 and Under-13 class with Yamba's Tyson Nelson the runner-up.
Luke Mitchell from Maclean won the 50cc 7-9-year-old division.