AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. Broadford Road Racing Circuit has received a Victorian Government Package to Reface the Road Circuit, it is a ‘yay’ moment, right? However, it is difficult to stomach when the Motocross Circuit is in complete disarray. If the motocross track was to be inspected under FIM regulations (the complex held the 500’s back in the early 2000s, today is known as the MXGP) the track, it would not pass in its current condition without some much-needed track love (track work).
In a perfect world, the Broadford MX Circuit should be used for final rounds of the State Motocross Title, hey would have been awesome for KJ on the weekend picking the parental unit up from the airport (would have been able to broad the commentary, pick up the parents and see some racing). However, it is doubtful that a State MX Title will be held at the complex in the near future. Main issues are track drainage, fencing to close to the track, the underpass/tunnels (as existing structures they pass, if a new track was built they wouldn’t ), amenity issues, and there is the condition of the track, where all the topsoil ends up down the bottom of the hill with rainfall, and if a road race event is on, a ride day or a competitive event the dust from the motocross track causes issues over the hill and the road racing officials definitely communicate with the motocross officials on that.
Broadford MX events were run by the Whittlesea and District Motorcycle Club at one stage. Initially, Whittlesea shared the Seymour Motocross Complex when running events, then the waters became choppy, and the clubs split, Seymour stayed where it was on Telegraph Road, Seymour, while Whittlesea moved to Broadford. On the outside looking in everything was going well for Broadford, sure like any club facilities needed a little love and care, however, it all came apart with Whittlesea being charged too massive amounts to hire the circuit even though volunteers prepped the track, eventually making the Whittlesea and District Motorcycle Club go backwards financially and reduced membership numbers running events didn’t make things helpful. Bearing in mind at this time, a few of the Whittlesea and District Motorcycle Club members also ran the State Motocross Championships in booming numbers seeing heats for many classes both senior and junior.
Ideally, a motocross club needs to look after the motocross track at Broadford, after the track has a complete makeover to return to its pristine form. Seymour Motorcycle Club is running an open practice/come and try day 1st July 2018. Hopefully, the club gets some support both from Volunteers and Motorcycling Victora as it is well known that Motocross Licences greatly assists road racing improvements. Motorcycling Victoria recently announced that it was currently seeking expressions of interest for club members and those wishing to assist in the founding of a new Motorcross (MX) Club at Broadford, a ride day was held 19th May 2018 and nothing about that day has been written about since. If Broadford Motocross Track was prepared correctly and could open on weekends like commercial facilities such as Ride Park and Park4MX funds wouldn’t be an issue hearing on the ‘grapevine’ funds Ride Park turns over per year, we all need places to ride our motocross bikes without the fear of getting nabbed and being issued fines for unregistered, unlicenced etc.