||Last Updated: Dec 30th, 2015 - 11:02:54
Whilst riders will be gunning for the National Title, they also have two other goals in mind when the opening round of the 2016 Australian Speedway Solo Championship gets underway at Kurri Kurri Speedway this Friday (01 January) and Saturday (02 January) night.
Not only does the outright winner join the honour roll of Australia’s great speedway riders, but the top four riders at the end of the series have even greater reward.
Firstly, they will be eligible for the qualifying rounds held in Europe to decide the final eight spots in the 2016 World Speedway Grand Prix.
Secondly, they will also be eligible for direct seeding into next year’s Australian Championship event.
Three Hunter area riders have been seeded directly into the main draw by Motorcycling Australia for this year’s Championship chase.
Newcastle’s Sam Masters is the #1 seed on the back of his runner-up result to fellow Newcastle rider Jason Doyle in last year’s title.
Masters got his first taste of World Speedway Grand Prix competition this year when he was given a wildcard spot in the last round held in Melbourne in October.
Jason Doyle has chosen not to contest this year’s Championship to allow time for recovery from injuries sustained in the last round of the 2015 World Speedway Grand Prix in Melbourne.
He has already qualified for the 2016 World Speedway Grand Prix by finishing in the top eight this year.
Kurri Kurri’s Mason Campton is the #5 seed as a result of him winning the 2015 Queensland Speedway Solo Championship whilst Rohan Tungate from Pelaw Main is the #6 seed after winning the 2015 South Australian Speedway Solo Title.
The other seeded riders are Victorians Max Fricke (#2), Justin Sedgemen (#3) and Ty Proctor (#8) as well as Nick Morris (#4) and Josh Grajczonek (#7) both from Queensland.
Sixteen riders have been drawn to compete in the sudden-death qualifying round on Friday night and among those are six local area riders.
Hunter area riders Alan and Josh McDonald, Josh Pickering and James Dimmock are joined by Central Coast riders Tyler King and Taylor Poole for a spot in the top eight point scorers that will carry them into the Championship Series.
The opening round of the Championship at Kurri Kurri will be followed by rounds in Undera, Victoria then Gillman, South Australia finishing at Mildura, Victoria.
Gates open at 1:00pm on both Friday and Saturday with racing scheduled to start at 7:00pm on both nights.
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