Cranbrook’s Sukey Hill to hose fourth round of South West Interclub Series on Sunday

Great Southern Herald
Water in the newly constructed, 8000-yard dam.
Camera IconWater in the newly constructed, 8000-yard dam.

More than 100 riders will converge on Sukey Hill in Cranbrook for round four of the South West Interclub Series on Sunday.

Competitors from South West clubs Bunbury, Collie, Southern Capes, Manjimup, Cranbrook and Narrogin will compete across 10 junior and senior classes and the event will be a prelude to a round of the WA MX Senior Series scheduled at the same venue next month.

Earlier this year, the Cranbrook Districts Motorcycle Club installed 20 culverts throughout the motocross track to divert water into a newly constructed 8000-yard dam.

Club president Justin Shepherd said the idea was to catch water and store it for when the track surface was dusty and unsafe in summer.

“We have access to a water tanker and fast-fill to manually water the track for summer club runs and coaching clinics,” he said.

“Roughly 60,000 litres is needed per event as you need to build up the track surface moisture profile.

Club officials with one of the culverts.
Camera IconClub officials with one of the culverts.

“In hindsight, this track upgrade has been timely given the wet season we are experiencing; not only is the dam filling, we have a fairly dry track to race on.

“Ideally, it’s fun with a bit of mud, but too much can cause quite a bit of wear and tear on the motorbikes.

“We have also been able to continue to hold club days whereas other motocross clubs have had to cancel in these wet conditions.”

This is the fourth time the undulating natural terrain of Sukey Hill track has hosted the event since the track was built in 2017.

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