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Crack field to tear around Undera circuit

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January 11, 2017

Kicking up dust: 16 off the nation's best riders will be at Undera Speedway tonight to contest round three of the Australian Speedway Solo Championships.

Undera Speedway will come alive for round three of the Australian Speedway Solo Championships tonight.

One of the tightest contests the track has seen is anticipated, with many riders who compete internationally contesting the event.

Fresh from being crowned world under-21 champion, Max Fricke will be out to perform on home soil with the Mansfield ace well suited to the Undera track.

He will be up against 15 other highly skilled speedway riders and Goulburn Valley Motorcycling Club spokesman Alan Jones said any combination could appear on the podium tonight.

‘‘When you look at all the 16 riders, they all ride Undera really well,’’ he said.

‘‘The field of 16 is one of the most close and competitive we’ve had so it’ll be good for spectators and riders that we’re not going to have one rider come out in front.’’

Tearing around the course without using brakes, the Goulburn Valley’s narrow track presents a challenging course for riders.

Jones said that meant the Undera speedway showcased the riders’ tactical skills as well as their raw speed.

‘‘Because it’s a very technical track you have to make sure you pick the right line and guard yourself,’’ he said.

‘‘You don’t have long straights and sweeping straights, so you have to know your craft really well.

‘‘It’s probably one of the most technical tracks in Australia.’’

Goulburn Valley hero Fricke is expected to fare well tonight, especially coming off strong European competition.

Based in London, Fricke will be returning to compete overseas after the Australian Speedway Championships end with a meet in Kurri Kurri, NSW, on Saturday.

‘‘Of the riders, a lot of these are now international riders,’’ Jones said.

‘‘A lot of these riders honed their crafts with ourselves or at Mildura, there’s a lot of effort the early riders put into their career.’’

Jones has been at the track most days curating the grass to make it comfortable for spectators, as well as improving the track to ensure the safety of competitors.

Gates open at 4.30pm, with practice rides beginning at 5.30pm and competition expected to start at 8pm. Tickets cost $25 for singles or $50 for a family of two adults and two children.

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