Rider Baxter is in 'kirra' best form
MOTORSPORT: The first two rounds of the 2018 Orange to Ocean starts this weekend in Biloela and Benaraby.
Gladstone Districts Dirtriders Club secretary Julie Maeyke said racing starts at 9.30am today and tomorrow and will have riders from all parts of Queensland.
"Hopefully we'll be finished by about 2.30pm on Sunday and hope to have about 100 entrants," she said.
"The new track layout at the Benaraby track has had positive feedback so everyone is keen to ride it."
Kirra Baxter is one of the more promising riders and she now now rides in the Senior Women's class on a 2018 KTM250SXF she recently purchased from Gladstone Motorcycles.
"I am hoping to win the Senior Women's class, but I know that Shannon Spratt will be hard to beat on her home track in Biloela.
"The Benaraby track has changed it up a little by reversing the track, so I believe there should be some really awesome racing with the new layout."
Baxter said the weekend will also prepare her for the CQMX Series round held at the Benaraby track on June 16-17.
If last year is any indication, she is one of the favourites to win this weekend after last year's first place and her second in the CQMX.
Running after kids as a childcare worker keeps Baxter fit, but she goes for more.
"I try to get to the gym every afternoon after work to work on my core strength," she said.
Baxter looks up to her dad and brother after she first started riding as a 12-year-old.
"They were the reason why I wanted to race and not just social ride," she said.
"As a senior, my biggest influences would be all the women in Motocross.
"The likes of Prue Maeyke, Nicole Kenny and Ellyse O'Connor are amongst those who I also look up to."