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This month’s track review features a staple in Western Australian motocross - the Bunbury Motorcycle Club.
It’s a track I’ve been riding and racing at for almost two decades now, and it’s one that I rank highly in the state.
But, there are four main highlights of the club that standout, making it one you should consider joining.
One of my favourite things about the Bunbury Motorcycle Club is that they've stepped up their involvement in 2020, and that’s not to say they haven’t been in recent years - they certainly have - but they’ve gone to another level this season by introducing the Bunbury Best in the West Open, and by hosting numerous Ride Park days (they were also set to host a state round and multiple club/interclub events prior to COVID-19).
The Ride Park days are exceptional, and since Bunbury has been running them often (especially under the current circumstances), it’s given riders a prime track to ride on, regardless if they have a licence or club membership.
We don’t have too many ride parks in WA, so it’s great that Motorcycling Australia introduced them, and it’s even better Bunbury is taking advantage of them.
EXCEPTIONAL TRACK LAYOUT
Every track layout is subjective, but Bunbury is one of the best sand circuits I’ve ridden and raced at. It’s undergone a number of changes of the years, although the current layout is the best yet.
Because the club hosted so many ride days at the beginning of the year, they were able get some feedback, make some tweaks and changes, and it came up perfect for their inaugural Best in the West Open in March.
There’s a really good mix of small and medium-sized jumps, plus a couple of booters for those that want to send it. The jumps are relatively safe as well - they’re not overly steep on the up ramps, and the landings are pretty mellow too - so if you come up short, you won’t be in too much trouble.
There are various different types of turns that call for sending it in, or being slow and technical - and some corners have the option for both, which is always fun mid-battle. The dirt is best when there’s been some rain as well, as the lines just stick and some nice sand ruts form up tight in the corners.
Bunbury has some of the better facilities amongst motocross tracks in Western Australia, with a relatively new toilet block that has gone in over the last decade, canteen and club rooms, plus an epic shelter over the waiting bay.
The best part of Bunbury’s facilities though is the pits - there’s an endless amount of room around the venue, so the pits are never too crowded. Not only does this allow you to pit from your car, but there’s also enough space to comfortably camp there - even at events! It’s also pretty flat, so if you have a caravan or toy hauler, then you won’t have any dramas finding somewhere nice and easy to set up.
Club memberships in WA range from $100 all the way through to $400 plus, yet Bunbury sits right in the middle at $230 (for a senior membership), which I think is really affordable.
The $230 gives you what you get - there’s no levy or refundable amount for doing duties such as flagging or busy bees, which is why some clubs initially charge $300-400. So $230 for a year’s worth riding is good pretty good value for money.