Australian Junior Motorbike titles at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit 2017

The skills of the best young motorbike riders in Australia was on show in Taree 

 The Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit from July 6 to 8.

It's a major honour for the club and is the second time they have hosted the event in eight years.

Their effort in 2005 ? believed to have been the first time the titles had been held here ? must have impressed plenty of people for them to win hosting rights again so soon given so many clubs around Australia vie for the privilege.

Though it means plenty of work for organisers, it will be a boon for the Manning region and they encourage as many spectators as possible to come along and make the most of the class on show.

About 100 riders and 160 bikes took part, with entries already from as far as Victoria and Queensland.

The titles began with a practice day on Friday, with qualifying events on Saturday and the remaining qualifying plus finals on Sunday.

The championships cater for riders aged from four to 16 years and about 20 local riders are expected to take part on motorcycles ranging from peewees to 250 4-stroke.

The club runs monthly meetings on the first Sunday of the month and anyone inspired by what they see next weekend is welcome to get along to the club and have a go.