New desert track for safe riders

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PART of the old Rufford Colliery site which has been blighted by anti-social behaviour and illegal motorcycling has been converted into a supervised motocross track.

The track’s owners hope the new facilities - located on land known as ‘The Desert’ - complete with trained marshalls and on-site paramedics will help to deter youths across the area from engaging in illegal riding.

The track is currently open on Sundays but owner Richard Cannon, of Desert Off-Road, is applying for planning permission from Mansfield District Council for Wednesdays and Saturdays also.

Said Richard: “We also have an auto track for kids who want to ride their pit bikes somewhere without making a nuisance of themselves.

“It is one step closer to making riding more legal - especially after the fatalities we have had on this site.”

Roger Edwards, of youth charity Rev and Go, said: “The people at the quarry company who own the site have set up a wonderful motocross track and they are running it properly.

“It is great because it brings together all the characters would might potentially be riding where they should not and the more people who go there the less risk of people riding around the streets.”

Sessions cost £25 for adults, £20 for juniors 8-14 and £15 for under-8s.