Adam and Noah Smerdon both competed at the Queensland Motocross Championships held at Coolum over the Easter week-end. There were two rounds of practice on Friday 18 April, followed by two rounds of racing each day on Saturday and Sunday, with the boys racing 12 minute motos. Competitors from all over Queensland as well as some from NSW and Victoria made the trip to compete. Race classes ranged from 50cc through to Professional riders racing on 450cc bikes, with up to 40 riders in each class.
The track was quite rough with over 400 tonnes of sand going into the track the week before followed by 100mm of rain, making for very soft sand and deep ruts. This made it a test of skill and endurance for both riders and bikes, with many crashes in each race as well as a number of bikes experiencing major mechanical problems which in some instances meant the end of racing for that rider.
Adam rode very well throughout the week-end in the 85cc 9-11 class finishing with 12th overall. One small crash in the last lap meant he went from 8th to 12th in that race, but he was very pleased with his result finishing ahead of riders he has previously not been able to beat.
Noah rode extremely well always finishing within the top four in all his races and being in the top three for fastest lap times. Noah tied for second place on points but was awarded third place on countback for the 65cc 7-9 years age group.
Noah is currently placed second in the Shell Advance Series; a 6 round series raced throughout South East Queensland. Adam is placed 10th with three rounds to go.
Both boys train extremely hard with two afternoons of coaching a week, as well as training on their own track at home, and either racing or practicing nearly every week-end. Their next goal is the Australian Titles in Appin, NSW in September which runs for a week. Both raced at Horsham, Victoria last year where Noah was placed second before injury forced him out of the final race on the last day.
The first photo shows Noah with his third place trophy and the second photo shows Adam (left) and Noah before trophy presentation.