THERE is nothing quite like performing in front of family and friends on a home track.
It is one of the reasons 18-year-old rider Joel Coyne is pumped to race at Maryborough Speedway's JTR Team Challenge.
Coyne will represent Far North Queensland on raceday, as they take on teams from South East Queensland, New South Wales and Central Queensland, at Saturday's major meet.
"It should be good,” Coyne said. "We all know each other. It'll be quick, it'll be hard, but it's going to be a fun ride.”
Coyne has long been one of the Heritage City's star motorcyclists, consistently out-performing his more experienced rivals.
The Team Challenge is not only an opportunity to test himself against reigning under-21 Queensland champion and hot favourite for this year's solos title Tyson Snow, but acts as a rehearsal for the state titles to be held at Maryborough on December 9.
"The Brisbane team will be fast, there's a few good riders in there,” he said of Snow's outfit. "They're hard boys to race, but that said, our team is good as well.”
Coyne's sights are firmly set on those state titles.
"It's hard to call but I'm feeling confident,” he said when asked of his chances.
"I like riding here so it could help a bit.
"I'll be seeded this year as I was top eight last year.
"That's an extra thing up the sleeve, I don't have to qualify: I get straight in. it's definitely easier as you're not out there racing (to qualify) all day then have to go back out there that night.
"I know the boys and what I'll be up against.”
Coyne said he spent hours working on his bike each week to ensure it was in prime condition ahead of any race opportunity, but he admitted he spent the majority of his recent time training rather than racing.
"I haven't raced for a fair bit but I've been practising on private tracks,” he said.
"There's a lot of titles towards the end of the year, which is when Queensland and other titles are starting to kick off.”
He said he would continue to practice and could race in Brisbane between now and the state titles.
Coyne thanked his parents and supporters.