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MX Nationals to return to Hervey Bay in 2013

Motocross fans will get a chance to see the best riders in the country compete in the MX Nationals championship series next year.
Motocross fans will get a chance to see the best riders in the country compete in the MX Nationals championship series next year. Robyne Cuerel

THE MX Nationals championship series will return to Hervey Bay next year on the basis facilities improve at Dundowran Park.

Managing director Kevin Williams announced Hervey Bay will host round seven of the competition on July 28, which will feature MX1, MX2, MXD (under-19) and MXR (13 to 15 years) events.

On July 1, about 3000 people showed up for the first MX Nationals round at Hervey Bay in more than a decade.

While the racing was of the highest standard, consecutive days of rain leading up to the event provided organisers all sorts of headaches, especially with vehicles getting bogged.

Williams praised organisers for their hard work in trying conditions to ensure the event went ahead, but he said improvements would need to be made to ensure the facility was up to national standard.

"The Hervey Bay club indicated to us they want it back and the council has agreed to make improvements, but if they aren't made the round will not go ahead," he said.

Some of the things Williams said would need to be changed were better access for vehicles, more parking spaces and improved viewing along the track.

"If we didn't think there was an opportunity to grow it wouldn't be on the calendar," Williams said.

"We're really excited about coming back.

"With the right community support and people coming out and supporting it, we would look at renewing it with a three-year contract."

Making its debut at Hervey Bay circuit next year will be the MXR class, designed to give young riders their first taste in the championship.

Williams said Hervey Bay was the preferred venue for the only MXR meet in Queensland because of its central location.

"It's also quite a technical track so it is a great opportunity for riders with great skill to show their ability," he said.

Topics:  motocross



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