Questions were fired out in rapid order and answered just as quickly; in fact it reminded me of a military inquiry;
"Name? Age? Best result at Phillip Island? How was Practice? What do you want to achieve this weekend?" As I said, riveting stuff.
But ‰Û_ this was just the entrÌ©e. The main course was coming and what a main course. The riders were split into four teams of three. Two Australian teams of Josh Brookes, Jed Metcher and Brock Parkes in team one, Bryan Staring, David Johnson and Mark Aitchison in Team two,
A UK team consisting of Tom Sykes, Sam Lowes and Johnny Rea and a European team of Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri. And what was this for? Well, you can't be real Aussies if you can't herd sheep can you?
The groups were teamed with a local farmer who then "coached" them in how to shift sheep from one pen to another and then they had to separate half the sheep that had red marks on their head from the other half that did not have any markings. Riveting stuff huh?
Well, surprise, surprise the Aussies won, the poms did ok coming second and the Europeans looked completely out of their depth. Did anyone expect any different?
Now the tone of this article may sound as though this reporter did not really enjoy the day.
On the contrary, it was a hell of a lot of fun and there were plenty of laughs to be had. The riders appeared to enjoy themselves immensely and the spectators seemed to like it just as much.