After a year off we were so damn keen to kick off Dust Hustle 10: Qld Moto Park and the first double digit DH event didn’t disappoint! Now the dust has settled, let’s look back at all the action…
The 10th birthday event was on Saturday 22 May 2021 and as per usual the keenest of keen rolled in Friday evening to ramp up the excitement before a big day of riding. We made a head start with the riders sign on as the usual Friday night fever kicked off in eager anticipation of an epic day to come.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather and as the sun rose even more riders rolled in, unloading bikes and skipping to sign on before the obligatory rider briefing. With the rules laid out and the vibe set, marshals scurried into position as engines sparked to life across the park.
A massive highlight was that once again the number of girls kicking bikes into gear and heading for the start lines was our highest ever! We’re continually stoked with the growing female attendance at the events and the girls turned up in a big way for DH10.
Time to hit the tracks and the first is an all time favourite for MX bikes, so how would it fare with everything else? Track 1 was the ‘Hollywood Hillbilly’ natural terrain motocross track, aptly named because it adorns the Dust Hustle ‘hollywood sign’ overlooking the event. As per usual we had it groomed a little smoother so conditions were absolutely prime from the get go. The Enduro & MX class got the call up to open this track, carving the lines for the rest of the classes to come through during the day.
Track 2 was ‘The Decision Faker’ Inappropriate Enduro, which although being the smallest is always an unexpected favourite, especially with the smaller bikes. With a few more tweaks for 2021 and the ‘Hills or Thrills’ intersection still in place it provided plenty of options during the day. The Risky Road Bikes warmed up this track for the first session of the day and it was evident they were KEEN because the joint looked like peak hour straight off the bat.
A clear favourite of DH8, Track 3 saw the return of ‘The Moto Mowers’ Flat Grass Track, which was extended especially for 2021. The classic grass track peanut shape now zigged and zagged a little longer around the QMP enduro cross area before rejoining the original layout. In terms of size and speed it was now an epic combo of flowing fast and technical tight, right up the hustlers alley. The Old Mates class wasted no time cutting it in and the updated layout came up an absolute peach for the punters riding.
The Small Bike Burners class drew the short straw and had to cool their heels for the first session before being cut loose for 3 straight rotation sessions before lunch. They certainly didn’t waste any time going absolutely berserk in back to back rotations on their way through to midday.
With bikes on track we blasted through a morning of good times, great outfits and wild riding. Literally everywhere you turned there was some absolute legend turning it up to 11 on whatever rig they were riding. The morning session finished with each class having had a crack at each of the 3 tracks. But before we sent them out to do it all again in the afternoon it was time for some lunchtime antics.
The crowd was blasting through the turnstiles by this stage, keen to catch a glimpse of the amusingly inappropriate. So with a quick medical delay wrapped up it was time to get the big horses back out on track for the Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson Big Twins race. Anyone that was registered in the Risky Road Bikes class on a twin cylinder machine could enter this 5 lap showdown of a shortened Track 1 layout. After a quick sighting lap the rigs were lined up and cut loose in a cloud of dust. Motors were at max RPM and berms were being blown out all over the place, but when the dust settled it was Matty McFerran on a knobby tyred FTR1200 who got the jump and led flag to flag, claiming the victory.
Right beside the lunchtime entertainment was a bumper display of rad new rides from the likes of BMW Motorrad and Indian Motorcycles who both had some star performers on show. Our personal favourites were the new BMW R 18 cruiser for our time on the tarmac and we’d definitely take an Indian FTR1200 for a back road blast on the dirt too!
The Bell Helmets Expression Session was up next, another benefit of having one of the best lids in the business! Any DH rider with a Bell Helmet on was let out on whatever rig they were riding to show up and show off. A mix of road bikes and race scooters, the standard of showmanship and showwomanship was high as Bell Helmets were blasting left right and centre trying to entertain the crowd.
Getting us this far through the day was definitely thanks to the coffee legends Fonzie Abbott who had been slinging the best espresso energy you’ll find at any moto event all morning. Rolling in to support and definitely in full swing by lunchtime were the food trucks from Mr America Hotdogs & Fries, Roam’In Woodfired Pizza and London Spuds Baked Potatoes! Thankful for a top up of fuel for the bodies and bikes, after a packed lunch hour it was time to get the gangs back out on track for the afternoon session.
Let’s just say, if you survived the morning session then confidence was high! Because everyone stepped it up after lunch and it was evident many didn’t want to leave anything left at the end of the day, whether that is personal energy or piston rings we’re still not sure.
A few dirt naps here and a few mechanical issues there kept the pit area busy, but we must commend the riders who battled on to fix their machines and motivate their minds to get back out on track. It’s not only dusty by name and as the afternoon went on the dusty grins started to appear from under helmets across the event. Some brave souls kept the spirit alive, pushing machines and muscle capacities all the way through to the 4pm deadline for riding.
It only seemed like a dusty minute, but before we knew it the marshals were polling votes and the Best in Class awards were being dished out. There were a stack of honourable mentions which was a testament to how rad everyone was getting out on track, but in reality everyone who survived the day should also be on that list too!
The Trackside bar was already in full swing since lunchtime, so by this time Young Henrys had the crowd covered for our favourite froths to wash down the dust. The stories got better as the night went on and the crowd settled in for a session to rival the on track antics during the day.
It was so great to be back for this Dust Hustle. We waited a little longer to get our first double digit number 10 event done and although some things have become a little harder to ‘get across the line’ by the end of the day we were reminded why we do it all in the first place.
The riders are the MVP’s! Every one of them deserves an award for turning up and turning it on with whatever ride they wrangled for the day. Old friends were reunited, new projects debuted, old bikes reborn and new friends were made. It’s the people who we’ve missed the most and they’re the reason we feel so stoked to be back!
Massive thanks also to everyone else that comes to check out this nonsense, the campers, spectators, friends and family that help out and Qld Moto Park for having us back. With your support we’ll keep this dirt crew dust up rolling for years to come.
Cheers legends, we’ll see you at Dust Hustle 11!
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