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.