The Sunshine Coast Daily/Michaela O'Neill

Eating dust in Coffs

AS competition for top spot on the series points table heats up this weekend you can guarantee that the riders taking part will be feeling the pressure and trying to get every last ounce of horsepower out of their bikes.

The Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Club is this weekend hosting the third round of the North Coast Motocross Series and even with three rounds still remaining there's already a large field of riders eyeing off the number-one spot in one of the 17 sections competing today and tomorrow.

To make matters worse for the local riders, club secretary Melissa Forbes says that Coffs Harbour riders appear to have a big target on their backs.

“The other clubs seem to really enjoy it when they can beat us,” she said.

“We seem to have the biggest group and we always seem to be the group that travels in big numbers.

“I think we're winning the point score at the moment.”

Considering that at last count the Coffs Harbour club had nearly 450 members that statistic is hardly surprising.

Now into its 10th year, this series is always seen as a strong stepping stone for talented riders to progress through to State and national titles and there's no shortage of young riders capable of going a long way in the sport as well as through the air after they've attacked a jump.

Forbes pointed out that local young riders such as Scott Sheather, Jacob Hedges, Jack Foley, Daniel Argent and seven-year-old Hayden Madison are all performing well so far in the series.

But this weekend isn't just about the young talent.

While this afternoon's racing is dedicated to the juniors who show no fear despite the full grid starts, tomorrow will see the big boys take to the track to continue their battle for the prestigious North Coast titles.



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