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Muir Shines in Debut Season
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Monday, 04 December 2017
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Source: Toby Cooper

After a lifetime of plying his craft in the speedway arena, North Queenslander Dave Muir entered 2017 prepared for a new challenge in off road racing; a far cry from the 20 minute features that he had become so accustomed to. With a YamahaYXR1000R Superlite non turbo machine built in-house at the team’s dealership, Muir and daughter Courtney as navigator entered their maiden outing at the local Burdekin Motorcycles Long Course event in May with a fresh approach.

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Not many would have imagined six months later they would be closing out their inaugural campaign second outright, with a Superlite A North Queensland Championship title to their name!

Familiar with the frenetic nature of circuit racing, Muir was looking to find his groove quickly, eager to be in the points at weekends end and kick start his North Queensland Super Series campaign. Burdekin begun smoothly, prologuing in 14th outright and it wasn’t long until the #6633 vehicle was clocking off consistent laps at the flat, dusty, sand based track to sit just outside the top ten after day 1. The Muir combination continued to impress on Sunday in a high quality field, completing full race distance in ninth outright and second in the SuperLite A class. Pleased with their first run, all eyes were swiftly placed on the greatest challenge of them all, the Tatts Finke Desert Race – Round 1 of the CAMS Australian Off Road Championship on the June Long weekend.

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In awe of the build up, anticipation and trek across the desert, Muir and his team descended on Alice Springs excited about what was to unfold. Still on a high from the excitement of Friday nights scrutineering, Muir recorded a respectable eighth in class for their prologue run from a packed field of 23. Clocking in quick sector times on their 225km journey to the township of Finke, Muir was on a mission; until an unfortunate rear shock failure forced them to limp cross the finish line seventh in class.

The return trip seemed straightforward, as the Yamaha handled the dusty, rough whoops conditions with ease, though there would be heartbreak for the team 50kms from the finish when an aftermarket race rack failed ending their 2017 assault. Finke was a massive learning curve and experience for the team who will return to the drawing board in the off season to address the issues that halted their maiden voyage. Onwards and upwards for Muir who, after the haul back to headquarters, had a short turnaround to the next round of the North Queensland Super Series.

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Round 2, the Markwell Demolition Challenge, and Round 3 Our Retreat 300, held in July on the outskirts of Mackay, saw Muir cross on both occasions without a drama second in class – positioning himself perfectly for a late season charge towards championship silverware. Following to the cancellation of the Benaraby event, Muir loaded the Yamaha for the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 in August where the team would greet the famous Gundy melon holes for the first time.

Prologuing second in class, one 80km lap was completed on day 1 which saw Muir secure the class lead and 52nd outright heading into a blockbuster Sunday. Four brutal, unforgiving laps were completed by the crew on day two. After being well entrenched in the top 30 outright and with a substantial class lead all was plain sailing for Muir until a fuel supply issue an agonising 5km from the chequered flag forced them trackside, valuable time was lost before the #6633 joined the finishers in 37th position and second in class.

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The Gold City 140, which turned out to be the deciding round of the NQ Super Series in September was up next for Muir, and with silverware well within reach; it was game on at the 2017 finale.

Following on from a recent run of solid results, Muir as he had done all season was determined to battle above his weight in a lower powered machine on the fast Charters Towers layout. An ultra impressive season for Muir was topped off in style, crossing for another top ten outright result and a breakthrough Superlite A victory in a field of tough competitors including a couple of young guns destined for a bright future in the sport.

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Muir and daughter Courtney worked better in the car together as the season progressed, in a campaign which was capped off by claiming the North Queensland Off Road Super Series SuperLite A championship and second outright – given the tough NQ track conditions and being new to the scene, Muir was over the moon with his 2017 results.

As the off season maintenance on the Yamaha continues in the workshop, Muir is yet to lock in a full schedule for 2018, although a return to the Red Centre and the Goondiwindi 400 is high on the agenda.

Muir, family and crew would like to sincerely thank the team’s sponsors for their ongoing support and assistance; Burdekin Motorcycles, JB Automotive and Ritchie Hydraulics.