Karratha BMX Club hosts round 2 of Pilbara comp

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Riley Azzopardi, Riley Wilson, Jace Robinson, Chase Killmore and Riley Dul from the 11 boys’ class.
Camera IconRiley Azzopardi, Riley Wilson, Jace Robinson, Chase Killmore and Riley Dul from the 11 boys’ class. Credit: Carlos Santos

Fast and furious racing dominated the Karratha BMX Club on Saturday when round two of the Smarter than Smoking North West Super Series arrived in town.

More than 200 riders from the Tom Price, East Pilbara, Hedland and Karratha BMX Club’s competed in 17 competition classes.

The event turned out perfectly but got off to a rocky start with heavy rain on Friday putting the track under water.

Luckily Kennards Hire was quick to help and supplied pumps, generators and hoses to clear the water. With a bit of manual labour and some Saturday morning sun the track was dry just in time.

Karratha BMX president Kate Taylor said the result was that the rain ended up helping the track.

“Once they rolled the track out it was so hard and smooth that the racing was really fast and lots of kids broke their personal best times,” she said.

Medals for the top three in each class were given away on the day, but more importantly the points will be added to the riders’ total, with the aim to have the most points at the end of the four round series.

Taylor said the North West Super Series is an excellent chance for riders to get exposure to different tracks.

“If you live in Perth you might ride at three or four different tracks a week, whereas because of the distances up here, our riders only really get to do the one track,” she said.

“Coming together means our riders can travel around and try different tracks as well as meet and compete against different riders.”

The feedback from other clubs travelling to Karratha for the event was nothing short of five stars, with many riders commenting on the track’s quality. “We have huge support from local businesses and organisations, not just for the event but for the whole year. They help us to make our grounds and track the best they can be,” Taylor said.

A raffle on the day helped to raise $11,500 for the club.

The next round of the series will be held in Newman on July 27.

The club made $11,500 from the raffle and is grateful to all the local businesses who donated prizes.

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