BOROKO Motors have stepped in again to support one of South Pacific’s most gruelling motorcycling events starting tomorrow at Goldie River Barracks outside Port Moresby.
In its fourth year, the Boroko Motors Bamfield Enduro-sponsored motorcycle race has developed a reputation for being hard on man and machine.
The tough off-road event started in 2006 after the death of one of the Port Moresby Motorcycle Club members, Peter Bamfield.
In his honour the event started as a two-hour cross country race at Mendoza Estate and had grown more demanding and popular as the years went on.
The two-day affair has attracted 20 riders from Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka to compete for a K5,000 prize money for outright first place.
The event starts tomorrow morning with riders asked to complete as many laps on the challenging 10km course within a four-hour time period.
Those that make it through day one would have the evening to recover only to face the same course again on Sunday.
Starting from the warrior wing training area at the barracks, spectators are well catered for this year, with plenty of shade, security and a nearby picnic and BBQ area as well as a swimming hole.
For the more energetic, the course is well-marked and spectators are encouraged to grab a water bottle and a camera and take a walk around the track to view some of the action.
The competition for first place will be brutal and Boroko Motors’ K5,000 will not be handed over with out a knock down – drag out fight with last year’s winner Max Beagrie expected to work hard to keep his title.
Among the top riders from the Port Moresby Motorcycle Club it is near impossible to pick who will take out this year’s event with Mal Woods, Chris Pevy and Daan Van Pletzen on even money to win the “Iron Man” Class event.
In the Pony Express team event class, Jason James is favored to carry out a win here.
Motor sports fans interested in coming out for an exciting day’s racing, follow the Hiritano Highway turn right just over the Goldie River Bridge and follow the signs to Goldie River Barracks.
Entry is free both days and racing starts at 10am.