Carter on a title hunt

THIS year’s KTM Hattah desert race junior champion Wayde Carter will be after back-to-back victories in the third and final round of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships at the Albury-Wodonga Motorcycle Club this weekend.

Carter, 16, from Eden Park, Victoria, became the first rider to win any Hattah prologue event six times in a row at Mildura last Saturday.

He said Hattah had been his first race since he had an operation on his arm four weeks ago.

“I was pretty nervous about it all but it’s been so far so good,” Carter said.

His impressive prologue times would have given him fourth place in Sunday’s senior race.

“Hattah and the Victorian junior championships are pretty different events, especially when it comes to the track and the intensity,” he said.

“I’m a little bit nervous approaching this weekend but I’m pretty confident it will go well.”

He is sitting two points second, in the 250cc class and second overall in the 125cc A- Grade class.

“To get the No. 1 plate back (in the 250cc class) would be the best thing,” he said.

“It would be great to win it before I leave the junior ranks.”

Albury-Wodonga Motorcycle Club president Neville Power and his army of volunteers have been busily preparing the track.

The club will host 200-plus riders and their families at this weekend’s event.

“The track soil is sitting nicely at the moment,” he said.

“We had a working bee last weekend when we mowed the grass, put out tyres, cleaned the starting gate and the clubrooms.”

The club is well-versed in hosting major local and national events.

It will host a round of the Australian Speedway Sidecar Championships in January.

Due to popular demand, Motorcycling Victoria will again run a MotorSafe Nippers class on both days of the junior competition for riders aged four to nine.

Power thanked all those who had helped out.

“We hope for an incident-free weekend,” he said.

“If riders go home happy, we’ll be happy.”

The club’s track is on the Lincoln Causeway. Racing starts at 9am on both days.