Revival launch: Super race revs up for Fernvale

READY TO FLY: Queensland Supercross Championships event promoter Robbie Marshall hopes the competitors reach new heights tomorrow.
READY TO FLY: Queensland Supercross Championships event promoter Robbie Marshall hopes the competitors reach new heights tomorrow. David Nielsen

ROBBIE Marshall is realising there are as many ups and downs in promoting Supercross as in competing in the sport.

Marshall has chosen to revive the Queensland Supercross tomorrow near Fervnale, after a four-year absence.

He is confident it is going to be a great show. He just wishes he'd had more time to practice.

"It's going really good," Marshall said.

"We've got 60 riders, which is enough.

"One of the classes is full (pro and intermediate lites), we've got too many."

With a track in place and good to go (weather permitting), the hardest part of organising the event so far has been getting qualified participants and getting participants qualified.

Marshall has had to help co-ordinate getting 30 Queensland motocross riders qualified to compete at Supercross level.

"Because there's been no Queensland Supercross race in four years, it was hard to get riders," Marshall said.

"Thirty of the 60 we've had to licence.

"In Supercross, the riders' skill level has to be a bit higher.

"It's more dangerous, there's a lot more jumps."

Fortunately he has been able to rely on help from within the industry. "We've been pretty lucky," he said.

"We've got a lot of coaches who have helped us getting that many guys accredited."

Having secured the riders, the challenge now is to draw in the fans.

It is that which will decide if Marshall covers his costs or makes a profit. "We'll see how many supporters we get," he said.

"If I can cover costs, I'll be happy."

There is also the time it takes up, juggling it with his other work while trying to find time to ride.

It is the latter which has suffered most. "I've been flat out," he said.

"There's been a lot of organising."

Fortunately Marshall knows the track, in his parents' backyard, pretty well.

"The track's been ready for a couple of weeks," Marshall said.

"Now it's a matter of getting the sponsors' logos around and making it look good."

Major event

  • What: Queensland Supercross Championships
  • When: Tomorrow. Gates open 10am, racing from 11am.
  • Where: 115 Northbrook Parkway, Dundas (near Fernvale).

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