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The current downtime has given me a chance to reflect and realise just how damn lucky we are to have the motocross scene that we do here in Western Australia.
From the tracks to the riders, there’s a lot to love about Western Australian motocross, and that’s why I think it’s worth highlighting three key features that really stand out to me.
One of the things we’re super fortunate to have in Western Australia is great access to tracks - you may not be aware, but we’re one of the only states in the country where you can get a key to a track and access it as almost at any time.
While the east coast certainly has some dreamy ride parks, you can only go riding during their opening days and hours, and it’s with everyone else.
We’re really lucky to basically be able to go riding whenever we like, which eliminates riding amongst a heap of riders on the track.
We also have a massive variety of tracks (especially in the southwest!), so there’s always plenty of options to choose from and we’re not restricted to just a few venues.
Western Australia is home to some of the best events in the country, and we have a really strong state round series.
Obviously, the Manjimup 15,000 sits atop the list in WA’s best events, but we also have race meetings such as the Bunbury Best in the West, King of the Sand, Kid of the Sand, and the Byford Arenacross Open, just to name a few.
As I said, we have such a strong WAMX State Championship with six rounds for both juniors and seniors - which is more than any other state.
We also have a number of smaller series’ within the state, and that just adds more really good racing to the calendar. These series’ include the newly-introduced Metro Series, and the ever-popular Southwest Interclub Series.
One of the coolest things about Western Australian motocross is the endless amount of support we give to our own riders trying their hand on the national or world stage.
I’ve been regularly attending the MX Nationals and Australian Junior Motocross Championship over the last seven years, and there’s one thing I always notice - a small cluster of West Aussies hanging over the fence cheering on their fellow WA riders.
It doesn’t matter if they’re chasing victory or trying to scrape into the top 20, we’re very proud of our own and get behind them no matter. And it's something you don't see from any other states.
This is always super noticeable at the Manjimup 15,000 in the All-Stars class - the crowd just lights with an incredible atmosphere when a West Aussie is challenging the heavy hitters. I’ll never forget last year's edition when Regan Duffy won against the odds - the crowd was going insane supporting the youthful teenager!