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
Admission is $25 for adults, $50 for families and $15 for pensioners and concession card holders.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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