Memorial event a packed weekend

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Motocross enthusiasts across WA are getting revved up for the Smarter Than Smoking Newman Echo Park Memorial event next month.

The 11th edition of the event promises to be a huge weekend of racing, with junior and senior riders competing alongside some of the fastest riders from across the State on Saturday, March 3.

Newman Motocross Club president Darren Medlen said campers were welcome, with crews and riders travelling for the event. “We have over $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, racing starts at midday and will finish late into the night,” he said.

“Junior and senior riders will race on the same day this year, different to previous years when we have had them on separate days.

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“Jules Cutajar, Chris Ruttico and Mitchell Outram are some of the fast senior riders we will have racing at the event.”

Mr Medlen said the event would honour former club members Michelle Russell and Luke Miles-Woodland.

“The motivation for the event came about after the Newman Motorcycle Club tragically lost two valued members in 2004,” he said.

“Michelle was a member of the club for about 20 years, in 2003 was president of the club, and played a big part in raising substantial funds to keep the club running.

“Little Woody was the first quad rider to race the track and it was from here quad racing started at the Newman Motorcycle Club — he was a skilled and competitive rider who took out both the club and Northwest championships in 2004.” He said the event would also honour past member Ashley Sloss, whose bike would be ridden for the memorial lap.

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