Speedway 500cc solos are set to light up the fabulous Perth Motorplex circuit this Saturday evening in what should be an action packed full program of 2 and 4 wheel racing.
Most of the solo boys have had a couple of outings at Pinjar Park so far this season and are raring to go for their first crack at the purpose built inner motorcycle track at the Motorplex venue.
The Motorplex venue with its outer 4 wheel car clay track and the purpose built inner motorcycle track is quite unique in Australia and one the solo boys love to ride.
A strong field of 500cc solos have nominated for the opening night, including Dan Winchester, the reigning Perth Motorplex Champion and the Ardross Tyre sponsored Matt Marson who has just returned from a very successful season in the U K.
Matt will be on board one of Tai Woffindens GP bikes and is sure to unleash it on the track he loves.
Both of these guys love performing at the Motorplex circuit which requires a bit of dash and daring to master with its relatively long straights and tricky tight corners. While the corners look quite flat, Motorplex manager, Gavin Migro told me there is actually a metre banking from inside to outside at the centre of the bends.
Dan Winchester is in the form of his life at present although he has come to grief in both finals he has competed in so far this season.
In the opening meeting at Pinjar Park on the newish 330m circuit he was leading the all important final race and decided to hold the pole line and hooked his front wheel over the inner kurb and was unceremoniously spat of his bike and propelled accross the wide track surface into the safety airfence. His bike sustained some damage although Dan was able to walk away. He told me later he was a bit stiff the next morning washing down the bike. The second season rider, Brad Gordon went on to claim a precious victory in the season opener.
If that wasn’t bad enough for Dan, he competed last Saturday evening in The Gordon Rowland Memorial meeting on the smaller 142m Pinjar track where he has been unbeatable in previous seasons and again showed his class in all his heat races.
In the final he lead the race easilly and was chasing some dirt up high on the track where he was caught out on a slick patch and looped the bike, backing it into the safety fence.
Others to nominate for the Motorplex meeting on Saturday evening are the Ziedas brothers, Jarryd and Kobee. During the Australian winter off season, the Ziedas Racing Team secured a couple of Grand Prix bikes previously owned and raced by Polish rider, Przemyslaw Pawlicki. Kobee said in a recent interview the new Baby Offset GM motors in these new bikes developed more horsepower than he had brain cells. I’ll leave it there. (none of these solo racers have many brain cells in my view)
Others to nominate are Collie’s Jack Hunter, former new Zealand rider, Bryan Miller who has recovered from a broken collarbone, the sharp looking Jason Marzoli, (watch out for the pink livery on his bike), Ryan Pope who loves the big Motorplex track and Drew Winchester, who wouldn’t miss a meeting at any race track if you paid him. He exemplifies what solo racing is all about and is fully committed to the sport he loves.
Well there you have it. I can’t wait to see these guys strutt their stuff at Perth Motorplex and urge solo fans to get down there early and watch the greatest show in Perth.
Story: Graeme Sinden
Picture: Mel Parker