Race honours legend Mal for stellar contribution to sport
THE efforts of a motorcycling stalwart will be remembered at Dundowran Park on Sunday with MX1 Pro Open riders to compete for the Mal Watson Legends Trophy.
Members of the Hervey Bay Motocross Club were in shock at the sudden death of their president on May 8.
Mal, who is remembered as a happy, easygoing person who always made time to help others, was instrumental in luring the MX Nationals back to Hervey Bay last year.
Mal gave more than 25 years service to the HBMC and his eldest son Jason said his father's eagerness to see the Australian motocross series return to Hervey Bay was great for the region.
"He just wanted to bring the calibre of riders back to the area," he said.
"The access to all the teams and riders and seeing the trucks and transporters is something a lot of the young kids don't see usually unless they go down south.
"It has also helped grow the club last year with lots of new riders and hopefully it will do the same this year."
MX Nationals series director Kevin Williams said they were pleased they could honour the hard work of Mal.
"Mal has been a stalwart for motorcycling in Queensland for a long time and a respected ambassador," he said.
"It's fitting we remember him on Sunday because if it wasn't for Mal the MX Nationals wouldn't be back at Dundowran."
Mal's greatest passion was seeing young riders develop and prosper, something Jason has embraced with the creation of the JWR/KTM team, which provides coaching and guidance to up-and-coming riders.
While it will be strange to have Mal missing from his usual spot near the starting gate on Sunday, Jason bets he'll be watching from above.
"He'll be checking to make sure everything is going to plan," he said.
Dundowran Park is located on Dundowran Rd, Dundowran. Tickets available at the gate. Racing starts at 8.30am.