The Northern Territory loves its motorcycles and there will be plenty of two wheeled reasons for revheads to check out Nitro Up North this weekend at Hidden Valley Drag Strip.
A full field of nitro-fuelled Top Bikes as well as demonstration sessions of Pro Stock Motorcycles make the event a must-see.
Former Australian champion Chris Porter was a finalist at last year’s event, but he was lucky just to stay on the bike when it got wild near the end of the strip.
“The bike was really trucking at the fast end of the track when it broke traction, which is something I have never heard of happening that far down the track,” he said. “It got the heart rate up when the bike fell to its side at over 350kmh that’s for sure.”
Darwin is an important place for Sydney’s Porter as it could be the first stepping stone to another Top Bike championship – though he will have to defeat seven other riders first.
“We’re going to chase the national Top Bike championship again and Darwin is the first step to that goal. If we do well here and build an early lead in the championship that will give us heaps of confidence for the rest of the season. The bike has been in a good place recently so we haven’t changed a lot.”
One thing Porter knows for sure is that Darwin is not a track to take lightly – it can hold plenty of power as racers shoot for record runs.
“Darwin is getting a reputation for being a high speed race track. We saw the fastest nitro Harley pairing ever in the country here last year, and the Top Fuel dragsters ran really high speeds too. We know the track can hold those performances so we will be throwing a lot of horsepower at it this weekend.”
Porter will be taking on a classy field of riders that includes another three former national champions – Chris Matheson, Mark Drew and Ian Ashelford – plus Greg Durack, Wayne McGuinness, Ben Stevens and Kim Stevens.
It all begins with qualifying on July 21 before race day hits Darwin on July 22!