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New racing team up for challenge

New BMX team JPP will contest the Challenge Charity Race at Shepparton BMX Club on Sunday.

DAMEN FRANCIS January 31, 2014 4:20am

Allan Lindrea (front), Keano Purton, Joe Lindrea, Kodey Purton and Brandon May will collectively debut as the JPP Racing Team at a chairty BMX event in Shepparton on Sunday.

A new BMX racing team will make its collective debut at a charity event in Shepparton on Sunday.

The JPP racing team, managed by Shepparton’s Justin Purton, will contest the BMX Victoria Interclub Challenge Charity Race, which Shepparton BMX Club is hosting this year.

The event is open to all BMX Australia registered riders and is expected to draw up to 300 participants.

All proceeds raised go to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

‘‘It’s a once a year thing, but this is the first one in Shepparton for a couple of years,’’ Purton said.

‘‘They got 245 at Wyndham last year and we had a club race here last weekend and that pulled nearly 100 riders, which is pretty good.’’

With the BMXA National Championships to be staged in Shepparton in April, Purton expected plenty of riders to attend this weekend’s event to gain some familiarity with the track.

One of the main features of the event is the Interclub Team Relay, which JPP is entered in.

Shepparton quartet Kodey Purton, Keano Purton, Tyler Sturt, Joe Lindrea and Bendigo’s Sammy Aherne will tackle that event.

The rest of the team — which consists of fellow Shepparton riders Will Sandland and Brandon May and Nate Keyzer and Adam Aherne — will contest the BMX Victoria Junior State Series teams event.

Sandland and May are professional riders, the others are still learning their way on the bike.

‘‘Kodey and Keano picked all the younger riders and I got Brandon on board,’’

Purton said.

‘‘Brandon is the team coach and he does a lot of work with the younger ones and helps them out.’’

Purton said Levi Collins’ crew would be among the other local riders involved on the day.

With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting temperatures of up to 43°C, organisers have moved the start time forward to 10.30am in a bid to avoid racing during the hottest part of the day.

Entry is free for spectators, gates open at 10am.

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