By John Cosgrove
Palmerston’s double World Woman’s Motocross champion Courtney Duncan will be one of the top competitors at this weekends Hasler Memorial Motocross event In Balclutha .
Duncan will be using the event as a final practice session before she heads over seas to defend her title.
Over 150 Otago and Southland motocross riders are expected for the 34th running of the Hasler Memorial Motocross event after last years race was cancelled due to COIVD restrictions.
Hosted by the South Otago Motorcycle Club, the event was created 34 years ago to honour the late Ken and Richard Hasler who were killed in a car crash.
The pair were keen motorcycle enthusiasts and Ken also helped form the club and build the track at the Riverside Reserve in Balclutha.
Veteran racer Dean Bond said the Riverside Reserve track is looking good for the final event before riders enter the winter season.
“Many riders were at last weekends Southern Dirt Riders (SDR) series finale in Balfour and everyone said they were looking forward to the running of the popular one day race event.”
Dean’s son Connor Bond (11) won the Junior B category of the four round SDR series riding his Husky TC85 in fields which regularly drew 40 young competitors.
“It was hard work for him at times but he kept up the points tally and finished strongly,” said Mr Bond.
Racing will start around 10.30am on Sunday May 23.