WARRNAMBOOL motocross officials have tentatively rescheduled their Western Region Motocross Series round next month.
Shipwreck Coast Motocross Club (SCMC) will apply to Motorcycling Victoria to stage round eight of the series on October 26 and 27.
The two-day round, which wraps up the popular series, was originally set down for October 12 and 13.
But flooding at the Lake Gillear track near Allansford, which saw the track under water earlier this month, has forced officials into the decision.
SCMC president Murray Stuchbery said the decision was commonsense.
Stuchbery said SCMC, which leases the track from the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club (WMC) for meetings, was frustrated with the flooding.
“We’re all in the same boat, we’re frustrated we can’t get the kids out there to have a ride, they’re all hanging for a ride,” he said.
“We raced in Colac two weeks ago and most of the kids hadn’t ridden for four or five weeks.
“The kids get fatigued a lot easier because they lose their motorcycle fitness.”
The Standard reported last month a choked drainage channel, which diverts run-off water into Lake Gillear and the Hopkins River, was causing the flooding.
Hundreds of hectares of pasture were under water, as was the motocross track.
The water has since receded, but the track remains unusable.
About 95 per cent is dry but sections, such as the turn after the fourth jump, are only 50 per cent wide.
The ground surrounding the track is also still under water, making access difficult for emergency service vehicles.
WMC president Mick Hawkes said he was encouraged by the slow progress.
“The water has dropped 750 millimetres from where the high-water mark is,” he said.
“The majority of the track is uncovered and out of water, but it is still quite wet underfoot.
“We’re hoping to give it another three weeks and with the weather we’re getting at the moment it’ll start to dry out.
“Once the track has dried out the work won’t be a lot.”
Hawkes called for either the Department of Sustainability and Environment or the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority to clear the channel.
“But the last four years it’s been under water every year, which means our club members are deprived from using the facility,” Hawkes said yesterday.
“It’s been three months.
‘‘They pay membership to use the facilities and only get to use it for three-quarters of the year.’’