Far South Coast hosts King of MX round 1

One of almost 200 competitors gets some good air in front of a packed crowd of spectators at the Tantawangalo MX circuit on Sunday.
One of almost 200 competitors gets some good air in front of a packed crowd of spectators at the Tantawangalo MX circuit on Sunday.

A field of around 200 contested the opening round of the King of MX motocross series at Tantawangalo on the weekend.

A quick shower on Saturday did nothing to dampen the spirits of riders, officials or spectators as crowds flocked to the Speedway circuit for some mud-flinging and high flying race action.

"The little bit of rain gave everyone plenty of traction and kept the dust down, it gave everyone perfect vision and conditions on Sunday were perfect trackwise," the club's MX president Dean Smith said on Monday.

"We had great feedback, some of the riders said our dirt and track conditions were they best they had seen in many months."

And the Tantawangalo circuit also earned high praise from Motorcycling NSW as one of the few tracks in the state where spectators have full vision across the whole layout.

Mr Smith said the weekend was an incredible success given water bombers had been battling blazes near the course as recent as last week before flooding swamped the area.

However, Mr Smith said club members had rallied together to prepare the track surface and presentation and the crowds and visiting riders were met by pristine conditions over the weekend.

The coffee van and canteen were also run off their feet with an influx of spectators over the weekend.

Motorcycling NSW said they were delighted to bring the opening round of the King of MX series to the coast this year as they wanted to help with recovery efforts and provide motocross fans with something of a spectacle.

The governing body have also donated $30 from each entry over the weekend to the local club to be directed to charities aiding local recovery efforts.

"That's a wonderful contribution from Motorcycling NSW," Mr Smith said, adding the club were holding a meeting on Monday to discuss potential recipients of the near $6000 sum.

Racing on course was also superb with throngs of visiting riders enjoying the technical, but flowing layout of the local course.

A combination of tight and sweeping bends blended with a series of stutters, ribbons, tabletop jumps and some whoops with quality air-time provided a great balance for all levels of rider.

Mr Smith said there were no major injuries, just a few "bumps and bruises", while the only real challenge was a few of the boggier sections after the recent deluge of rain.

"I'd just like to thank all the competitors helping this event be successful and a special mention to all our club members who helped during the lead up and the duration of the event - they all put in a massive effort - and it showed on the weekend," Mr Smith said.

The club's next regular meet day will be on March 22 with free entry for spectators and a full canteen available.