NSW dominates motorbike series
QUEENSLANDERS were left feeling blue at Maryborough Speedway on Saturday night.
New South Wales won round seven of the State of Origin series for solo motorbikes and won it with ease in front of a crowd of more than 2500 at the Tinana track.
The Blues showed why they are leading the series by crushing the Queenslanders 56-34.
The stunning performance gives those riders from south of the border an unassailable lead with just one round to go in the eight-round series.
Maryborough Speedway general manager and race commentator Ryan Harris said the New South Welshmen had simply been too good on the night.
“They smashed us,” Harris said.
“The New South Wales team dominated proceedings all night - that's why they won so convincingly.
“They were a classy line-up on paper and it showed when it came down to business.”
But it wasn't only the solo riders who put on a show for the fans.
In the Fraser Coast Classic for sidecars, the Brisbane duo of Wayne Munck and Yolanda Wilken raced home to get the chequered flag ahead of a star-studded field.
Current Australian champions, Townsville's Jason Aldridge and Cal Campbell, finished second, while the Brisbane father and son team of Paul and Daniel Newman finished third.
Harris said motorbikes had again proved to be a huge hit with fans.
“The racing throughout the night was exceptional,” Harris said.
“There was a lot of very close racing, plenty of side-by-side passing and nail-biting finishes.
“It was a fantastic night of racing and we even had fans from as far away as Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth come to watch it.
“Bike meetings are always well attended and this one was no different.”