Three district riders are determined to go hard and build on the standings when they take to the track at Undera Park Speedway tonight for the Australian Solo Speedway Championships.OLIVER CAFFREY January 8, 2014 4:10am
Three district riders will take to the Undera Park track for the Australian Solo Speed-way Championships tonight.
Ardmona’s Jake Anderson, Shepparton’s Dakota North and Mansfield’s Max Fricke will take on some of Australia’s and the world’s best riders in the second round of the championships.
North had already booked his place for the prestigious event, but Anderson and Fricke made their way through to the top 16 after performing well in final qualifying last week.
Fricke, 17, goes into tonight’s meeting as the best-placed district rider after an eighth-placed result during the first round at Kurri Kurri Speedway, NSW on Saturday night.
The reigning Australian under-21 champion said he was extremely pleased with his times, particularly with the series being his first major senior championships.
‘‘My goal is to get into the top eight in my first year in the senior Australian titles, so it was great to get through qualifying and get a spot in the top 16,’’ Fricke said.
‘‘There will definitely be some tough racing going back and forth, and with a lot of the younger guys racing as well, there could be a few surprises; nothing really ever goes to plan.’’
Fricke said he was hopeful the district riders would be able to use the home track to gain an edge on their rivals.
‘‘To us it’s our local track and it’s great for everyone in the community to get a chance to come out and watch us ride,’’ he said.
‘‘I get to ride it a lot and there should be some riders who haven’t raced on it before, so I might have a bit of an advantage over them.’’
Anderson, 24, is sitting in 12th after the first round, but is hoping to secure more points at his home track to push into the top 10.
‘‘It’s awesome to race in front of the home town crowd, we’ve got some of Australia’s and a few of the world’s best riders, so it’s a big honour to line up against these boys,’’ Anderson said.
‘‘It was definitely not as good as I wanted it to go, but I’m hoping for a better result tomorrow night.
‘‘If I can crack the top 10 after this round, it would set me up for a top-10 finish overall, so I’d be pretty stoked with a finish around there.’’
North finished second in the speedway championships last year, but a disappointing night at Kurri Kurri has him in the 13th place.
Reigning Australian Speedway champion Troy Batchelor goes into tonight’s round in fourth, while Newcastle rider Jason Doyle tops the standings.
Practice starts at Undera Park at 5.30
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