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Our raceway is on world radar

By Mark Beale

THE Whitsundays could host the world championships of supermoto racing in 2018. Motorcycling Queensland president Derek Rumble was the official steward of the Australian Supermoto Championships at the Whitsunday Raceway on the weekend. He has submitted an expression of interest for the track to be considered for the titles – and says he is feeling positive. Mr Rumble was impressed by the club’s enthusiasm and the infrastructure that was already in place.”

Whitsunday Motosports Club race secretary Mungo McMurtrie said the nomination was a reflection of the past two national championships the raceway has hosted. “[It’s] awesome to be considered for a worldwide event; obviously we’ve proven to put on two really good national championships and they think we can take it to an international level,” he said.

Mr Rumble believes the location of the raceway will be a major drawcard. Retired international rider and former world champion Troy Bayliss was also impressed with the Whitsunday Raceway which he described as a “great complex”. He said the location near the airport was convenient. The expression of interest can take up to 12 months to be considered by the international supermoto board. If the expression of interest is accepted, the next step is to put forward a business proposal.

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