Rider in the hot seat for Interclub challenge
LOCAL rider Jed Mitchell will be trying to reproduce his second-place result from the 2013 Northern NSW Interclub Challenge Series, in the 85cc class, with a good result at Maclean.
Mitchell became involved in the sport at the age of four, competing on a pee wee 50cc in the demonstration class.
His interest started from watching elder brother Mathew compete, and with encouragement from mum and dad, he was able to realise his dream of riding.
Linda and Mark Mitchell were always there to help not only Jed but also the Maclean club to grow, and their commitment has shown on both fronts.
Mitchell has progressed through the ranks, stepping up bike capacity to this year where he will not only be competing on his 85cc but also on the much larger KTM 250cc four stroke.
Riding a much different beast, Mitchell will be calling on all of his past experiences to get him through a hectic weekend of racing.
However, don't read that as a disadvantage as Mitchell's past includes competing at Australian and state championships.
He will be riding in the older age 85cc 12 to under-16 years which presents more of a challenge for the youngster, along with the junior lites (250cc four-stroke class).
These are the two fastest junior classes and will take all his experience and skill to keep up at the front end of the field.
This weekend's meet will see motocross riders from as far south as Port Macquarie, north to southern Queensland and as far west as Moree converge on Maclean to compete at their motocross track located at Townsend.
The first round of the Northern NSW Interclub Challenge was held at Inverell on March 16.
That event started out superbly with lots of great racing until the skies opened up and washed out the final round of the day.
It is still counted as a great success, with about $850 being raised for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
This weekend will see the second round being held at the home of Maclean Dirtbike Club, off Gardeners Road, at Townsend.
Entry will be a gold coin donation at the gate with proceeds going to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
Gates open at 6.30am with practice starting at 9am and racing from 10am with full canteen facilities operational on site.
More info at: www.macleandirtbikeclub.com.au.