CHARGING HARD: Ben Harris churns up the dirt. The Kyogle rider is among the favourites for the Amcross Series event tomorrow.
CHARGING HARD: Ben Harris churns up the dirt. The Kyogle rider is among the favourites for the Amcross Series event tomorrow.

Acceleration the key to winning

KYOGLE dirt bike rider Ben Harris will need good acceleration from the first flag if he is to win the Dirt Action Amcross Series event at Grevillia Park tomorrow.

Harris is among a group of five riders in the event who have nothing but dust between them in the 250cc two- and four-stroke classes.

"Hopefully I should run in the top two or three," he said. "There is a group of about five of us that could all take it out, so it could go either way.

"There's some very good competition and not much between us so pretty much who ever gets a good start and has a good day is going to get the win."

The Kyogle Dirt Bike Club will host the Amcross event, which uses natural terrain instead of man-made jumps.

Harris, the club president, said it was the first time an Amcross-style race had been held on the Northern Rivers.

Harris will start the three races in each class as the local favourite, having raced well in the Grafton event last month, when he finished second overall in the 250cc two-stroke class and third overall in the 250cc four-stroke class.

More than 120 riders from across New South Wales and Queensland are expected to attend the event with races scheduled in junior, senior, open and women's divisions.

Steven Simpson, 12, of Casino will look to increase his lead in the 65cc class while his younger brother Ben, 10, will be trying to improve on his fourth position in the series.

Racing at Grevillia Park, off the Summerland Way when heading towards Woodenbong from Kyogle, will start at 10am. Spectators are welcome and food will be available. Entry via gold coin donation to the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.



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