The wet overcast conditions that greeted riders on our most recent visit to Narrogin was a welcome change to the dry dusty conditions of our two previous visits this year. The track was prepared to perfection thanks to the usual stellar efforts by Mr Narrogin with a big assist from the Narrogin shire. Much appreciated as always!
The numbers in the A grade class were quite low to start the day. Wayne Clarke returned and was immediately riding his Montessa with great style and speed. Gary Johnson was also showing some good pace before a flat tire brought his day to an end. We also had a good contingent of riders make the jump up from B grade to bump up the numbers which was good to see.
B grade was well supported with a full grid plus some lining up for the early races. Ian and Steve Brown were having some good tussles up front with Mark Steel, John Riley and Lewis Mogg keeping them honest throughout the day.
We had close to 20 riders in the C grade class line up to start the day which certainly made for a packed starting grid. It was great to see the final C grade race of the day where both Asry Bizar and Hannah Dillon nailed the hole shot into the first bend. The girls showing the boys how it is done drew cheers from those watching from trackside. Sadly Hannah then had a slight coming together with another rider which left her with a fractured leg. Get well soon Hannah!
The sidecar brigade were attacking the smooth muddy conditions with gusto with Wayne and Ryan Fanderlinden racing hard up at the pointy end of the field with Peter and Dave McDonald. Gary Johnson had young Brad Green making his first appearance in the chair and judging by the skill he was showing I am sure we will see Gary and Brad at the front of races soon enough. Brad was not too shabby on the solo to boot! I also have to give a big shout out to Russell for filling in on my sidecar again. Sadly, swinging for me does mean you tend to spend the largest portion of your time choking on dust and mud at the back of the field.
The final All-In race of the day saw Vice President Hayes Forsyth work his way through the field to take the win followed home by Simon Clarke, Ian Brown and Rod Gilchrist.
For the next race we will be heading back to Dyback Ridge on August 7. The feature race is Pre 65. We have had requests to run the Pre 65 class at each race day so it will be good to see what sort of numbers we get at the next meeting.
Also I have been keeping an eye on the numbers in each class over the last few meetings. It would be good for the faster riders in both C and B grade to move yourselves up a grade before we have to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to! You will be surprised that the next grade up isn’t as fast as you think and if it proves to be a bit fast you can always move back.
See you at Dyback Ridge!
“Real riders like a bit on the side!”