Dunedin freestyle motocross rider Jesse Dobias in action on
the new track on Mt Cargill. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
It will be spectacular - and there could be a few spills
The first freestyle motocross competition will be held on the
new Koarse Motor Cycle Club course on Mt Cargill this
Nine motocross competitors will test their skills on the
specially prepared ramps and dirt jumps of the testing 300m
There are two big ramps on the course and the "kick off" on
the largest one is 5m high. The cyclists will travel 25m
"There are ups and downs on the course and competitors will
fly as high as the top of a lamppost," event organiser Jason
"There is good viewing on the course and spectators will see
action that has not been seen in Dunedin before. "The riders
will do back flips and other crazy tricks."
The track has been slowly developed over the past decade and
is now ready for action.
There are concrete run-ins to the ramps.
It is a knockout competition and the favourite is Callum
Shaw, of Cromwell, who has been a professional in freestyle
events for the past four years.
New Zealand's best freestyle motocross rider is Levi
Sherwood, of Palmerston North, who races on the North
American circuit and competes in the X-Games.
"He is a world champion and won over $US1 million last year,"
There will also be a series of pit bike racing for smaller
bikes on the dirt course.
The competition will be held on the Mt Cargill Rd course
between 1pm and 4pm today. If it rains and conditions are too
dangerous, the competition will be held tomorrow at the same