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Dooen ready to rumble for the fourth round of the Australian motocross titles

Kyle Peters.

Kyle Peters.

By DEAN LAWSON
Thousands of off-road motorcycle fans from across Victoria and interstate are set to gather in Horsham on Sunday for the fourth round of the Australian motocross titles.
The Motul MX National series features some of the best motocross riders in the world, and the Horsham circuit at Dooen presents one of the best opportunities for fans to see them in action.
Fans at Horsham have an opportunity to gain rare in-field spectator access, which means they will be close to riders navigating through dramatic sections of the course.
Horsham Motorcycle Club president Kenny Watts said it was hard to contain the excitement surrounding the event. “If we managed to get a couple of thousand people on top of the crowd that comes with the event we’d be pretty happy. It’s going to be big,” he said.
“We’re ready and want to be able to host the best round of the series.
“Some of the fans will be up close and personal with the riders, and these are some of the best.”
The field includes American Kyle Peters, fresh from racing in the United States’ supercross series, and former MXGP winner Alekzandr Tonkov from Russia, who is acclimatising to Australian conditions.
Peters is riding for Suzuki and is sitting eighth on the leader board and Tonkov, Kawasaki, is ninth.
Defending champion and Yamaha rider Dean Ferris from NSW leads the championship with 216 points from KTM’s Kirk Gibbs and fellow Yamaha rider Kade Mosig.
Ferris won both MX1 motos in round three at Queensland’s Conondale circuit to establish the lead.
Mr Watts said organisers for this weekend’s event hoped rain predicted this week would have little impact on racing and fans.
“If we get up to 10 millimetres it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It could rain tonight and we’d still be ready to go tomorrow. We just don’t want too much,” he said.
The series features 10 rounds and riders have already raced at Wonthaggi and Appin as well as Conondale. Riders will switch their attention to Murray Bridge after racing in Horsham.
Racing this weekend, which also includes a major trackside museum display of motocross memorabilia, and national junior championships in September are major forerunners to world junior titles in Horsham in the middle of next year.
As part of the build up, organisers have arranged a fundraising event for event partner BeyondBlue on Saturday.
The fundraiser, where people are invited to meet stars of the sport, will feature a gold coin donation barbecue at 4.30pm.
Riders and their bikes will be on the track in preparations for Sunday racing from 8am.
Information including entry fees and times is available online at www.mxnationals.com.au.

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Posted on May 17 2017

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