LAST weekend saw the gates drop for the first round of the East Coast Series at Lake Macquarie Motorcycle Club.
The five round championship has been held at Lake Macquarie, Canberra, Oakdale, Nowra and Wollongong over the year.
The series sees riders come together to test their skills against some of the best riders NSW has to offer, and serves up some great racing for riders and spectators alike.
Local junior rider Dante Hyam made the migration north to Lake Macquarie to see how his preparation over the break stands up against some of the best in the state.
With the three race format Hyam finished race one in second place with a poor start and a fall.
But good line selection and passing skills carried him to the second place
In race two Hyam had a better start, slotting into fourth place after taking two laps to take the second position.
He made quick time to close the gap on first place, posting exceptional lap times, making a quick pass into first place which saw an exciting battle between Hyam and his competitor Caleb Clifton.
The next two laps saw Hyam close out race two with a victory.
In race three Hyam had a good start and pressured for the lead and made an early pass.
But a couple of errors and a fall cost him and he was left with a second place finish again.
Hyam said he was disappointed he was unable to finish the day with an overall win, but was happy with his lap times, posting the fastest lap in race two and three.
“I know what I need to practise for the next round and finish one place higher,” he said.
This weekend sees the first round of the Nowra motorcycle Club Championship held at Yerriyong.
Racing starts about 10.30am with free entry.