Joel Coyne a home town favourite
MARYBOROUGH rider Joel Coyne could have an inside run at the state title.
Coyne is the only local among the 30 nominated riders for the state 500cc solos title, and that intimate knowledge of Maryborough Speedway's track could give him an edge against some of the best in the country.
The young gun finished just outside the top four at last year's state title, and was a top performer at the JTR Team Challenge in September.
"I'm looking forward to it, I've been working on the bike all week just tweaking a few things and getting it right,” Coyne said.
He is one of only five seeded riders for the title.
The remaining 25 riders will compete in a time trial for the other 11 spots.
"It's definitely easier as you're not out there racing (to qualify) all day then have to go back out there that night,” he said of being of one of the five seeded riders.
"It's a good thing i don't have to qualify. You never what can happen out there.
"This will give us a good chance to watch the other riders and to see what kind of racing line they take.”
Reigning Under-21 state champion Tyson Snow, Jake Allen and Zaine Kennedy are will be among Coyne's biggest challengers. Bundaberg's Dalton Nilsen is an underdog among a strong field of riders like Zane Keleher and Declan Kennedy in the time trials.
"Snowy is always good, and you've got Jake Allen and Ryan Douglas who have to be front-runners,” he said.
"They do it for a living so they'll be very tough to beat. Hugh Skidmore is another good rider but it's open.”