Sport

Tough day at the office for riders at Dundowran Park

Caleb Cattell bites the mud at the finish line jump in the 50cc demo race.
Caleb Cattell bites the mud at the finish line jump in the 50cc demo race. Alistair Brightman

THE Sand Monster was at its scariest on Sunday.

Taming Dundowran Park's sand track at the best of time is a challenge, but heavy rain made Round 3 of the Hervey Bay Motocross series one of the most difficult for riders.

With varying depths, from sand that swallows your bike and saps its power, some riders struggled to handle the rough, bumpy course, especially for the little kids who faced a steep learning curve.

But it was worth the fun.

"It's probably the roughest I've seen it (track) so it was a challenging day at the office - no wonder they call it the Sand Monster," Hervey Bay Motocross Club spokesman Mark Cook said.

"But we had good rider numbers and it was a pleasant day out."

Cook said the most pleasing aspect of the meet was the big grid and growing number of riders in the junior classes.

50cc demo riders Christian Kennedy, Lachlan Kenworthy, Caleb Cattell and Zaria Gale all rode well, while William Kennedy was head and shoulders above his rivals to keep his undefeated run in the 65cc intact.

Bundaberg's Zye Day made it back-to-back wins in the 50cc auto category, but the club's most improved rider last year, Tyler Cattell, continues to develop and mature as a rider.

Clubman lites series leader Rick Horninge looked certain to claim his third straight round win, but as he pulled away in the final moto, the sand monster got the best of him.

A nasty crash, which left him a little sore and sorry, shattered any hopes of him winning the round - that honour instead went to Jeffrey Thompson, who chalked up his first round victory this season.

As testing as the track was, not everyone fell to the wrath of the Sand Monster.

In his first appearance at Dundowran Park this year, pro rider Jesse O'Farrell dominated the senior open class, showing the skills that have served him well in the MX Nationals series this year.

However, the standout on the day was Bundaberg's Zak Small.

Fresh off his runner-up finish in the intermediate lites during the final round of the Sunshine State Shell Series, the emerging 16 year old displayed blistering speed all day to claim the senior lites and expert divisions.




ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

UPDATE: More doctors called in to deal with gastro outbreak

There are many tried and tested ways to prevent this scene the morning after.

"Severity of symptoms and duration go hand in hand."

M'boro MP weighs in on having public sex offenders' register

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has weighed in on the idea of a public sex offenders' register.

Bruce Saunders has weighed in on having a public register.

Latest deals and offers

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.