The Narrogin Dirt Bike Association (NDBA) has been busy getting Dandaloo Park ready as it gears up to host the third 2023 Southwest Championship Series race day on July 23. “There’s been a race in Manjimup and they had 247 riders and Collie had 220,” NDBA president Kim Blyth said. “We’ll have 13 divisions racing, the division one riders will come along and go for a fun run followed by the competitive 50s, then 10 more groups through to the veterans.” Clubs from Collie, Busselton, Manjimup, Cranbrook and Bunbury will descend on Narrogin for the event, with around 250 riders expected to compete on one of the club’s biggest days of the year. Each group will do around four laps per race, with the professional riders doing five laps over three rounds making for a fast-paced day of racing. “There’ll be 39 races and everyone gets three practice laps, so it’ll be all-go,” Mr Blyth said. “There’ll be people here with torches at 6am checking bikes and signing in and then practice laps will start at 7.30am. “We go pretty hard.” With most of the organisation taken care of, the club’s focus is now on the track. “This year we’ve got fencing up, the start gates are up, we’ve done thousands of hours of work up here over the past few years and every year it gets a bit easier,” NDBA vice president Dale Daniels said. “If it doesn’t rain then the water truck will be going flat out on the Saturday before to get the track nice and wet with another few runs on the day. “If we have a heap of rain we might be out there draining the track, it’s hard to know.” With the NDBA canteen enjoying a good reputation for home-made soups and sausage rolls, Mr Blyth said that preparing food for the event was just as important as preparing the track. “The girls in the canteen prep the weekend before,’ he said. “There’s five girls in the canteen all day, they have a bit of a roster system so they can get a break but they’ll be flat out, we’re looking at hosting about 600 people, including the riders and spectators. “If it’s four degrees the coffee machine won’t get a rest.” Time permitting, a highlight of the day will be a shoot out race offering a first prize of $500. “The professional riders will qualify to get into it,” Mr Blyth said. “After each lap half the field will be taken away until it gets down to the final three riders. “It’ll go bang, bang, bang and everything’ll be over in 10 minutes.” Entry will be free for spectators and Mr Daniels encouraged the community to come along. “We’d love spectators to come along from everywhere, Narrogin, Pingelly, all over, especially parents with their kids,” he said. “It’d be nice to get people in to have a look and maybe get involved with the club.” In the lead-up to the Southwest Championship, the NDBA will host its third Ride Park day of the year at Dandaloo on July 9 giving novice and experienced riders the chance to get some riding in and have fun.