If you like your speedway on two wheels and without roll cages, a visit with the family to Perth Motorplex for this Saturday night’s Gold Cup Grand Final is essential with both Speedway Solos and the Flat Trackers set to wow fans.
Among the Solos will be Daniel Winchester, and he is the man to beat right now. Winning the final race on Saturday would make it a Kwinana clean sweep for the season.
Having ridden around Australia and the world, Winchester said Speedway Solos are unlike any other motorcycle to ride.
“Solo racing is hard to describe,” he said. “We are racing bikes with a power to weight ratio of nearly 1:1, fuelled by methanol and with no brakes. It’s nuts. But that’s what draws you in – it’s nothing like any other motorcycle sport.”
“We have no gears and no brakes, no rear suspension and very minimal front suspension,” Winchester said.
For the West Australian rider, riding bikes at the speedway has been part of life since an early age.
“Growing up we lived next door to the Henderson family who had Speedcars. We were always over there watching them in the workshop working on the cars, but I was more into bikes, so my Dad got me a ride on a junior solo when I was around 9. Shortly after we sold my dirt bike and purchased a speedway bike. The rest is history.”
Fans at Perth Motorplex this Saturday can catch both the bike divisions plus the action of the demo derby at the end of the Gold Cup Grand Final. Also featured are the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series, Sims Metal Management Late Models, Pool Shop Group Speedcars and Telf Promotional Products Formula 500s.