A TEAM of three Echuca motocross riders are set to tear up the track this Sunday for the continuation of the National Australian Motocross series.
WBR Motorcycles Bulk Nutrients Race Team will compete against some of the best Australian and international riders in the seventh round of the 10-round series hosted by Shepparton Motocross Track.
It’s one of the most anticipated races for team manager Travis Whitten.
‘‘It’s the local round for us,’’ he said.
‘‘We travel all over the country so to have one 45 minutes from our shop is pretty cool.’’
‘‘There’s not much track advantage as we don’t ride there often, but it certainly lifts the guys spirits riding in front of people they know.’’
Whitten hoped the good weather would encourage plenty of people to the track to support the team.
‘‘We’ve got prime position in the pits and we’ll have a dealer display and merchandise tent,’’ Whitten said.
‘‘There’s a lot of work that goes into it, the logistics of travelling and getting all the gear to the venues can get pretty tricky.
‘‘This is the third time we’ve run a professional team and it’s our role to make sure they have everything they need to win.
‘‘That includes the right equipment and set up of the bikes, and making sure they’re on top of all the nutritional and training requirements to race.’’
The three riders moved to Echuca this year to be managed and coached by the team.
Aaron Tanti (Sydney), 21, has shown great speed and potential this year having come close to several podium finishes and looked forward to holding onto his position inside the top 10 of Australia’s best 250cc riders.
He sat 10th in the MX2 class, while fellow rider Connor Tierney (WA), 19, was making up for missing the first few rounds, currently placed 35th in the series.
An injury in 2016 prevented him from entering the initial races, however he was keen to be up amongst the front runners at Shepparton.
Competing in the MXD class, Hugh McKay (Tasmania), 17, hopes to improve on his position of fifth overall following a second place podium finish in round six at Nowra (NSW) and has the chance to move into third overall by the end of the series.
‘‘I’ve been impressed with what the boys have produced so far,’’ Whitten said.
‘‘It’s a huge commitment at such young ages to move everything and start again.
‘‘They’re training full-time on the bike three to four days a week and then using the other days for gym sessions, road cycling and swimming.
‘‘The rest of the series now is about doing the best we can at each race to hopefully get a podium finish before the supercross six-round series starts up.’’
Gates open at 8am on Sunday and 15 doubles passes are available through the Riv’s Facebook page for children to attend with an adult.