Rolling my bike back under my “Broxy Racing” tent after a successful practice session, it was hard to suppress a grin. All of the risks and rewards of motocross, condensed into a five minute sprint with other riders close by and a crowd watching on. While I was certainly not the fastest rider, there was a very satisfying feeling that warmed my bones as the adrenalin slowly wore off. I felt comfortable out there, and it was good to be back.
The series kicked off at the Backflips track of Timaru, and I had just overcome a big obstacle by tripling in to the first timing section. This time there had been no reason not to, my brand new race bike courtesy of Botany Honda with its specially tuned SX suspension from Moto SR being so good. My lack of speed was mainly due to the complete absence of supercross practice prior to this event but I didn’t really care. Conquering that jump was a big achievement and provided I survived the racing, I would be happy.
All or Nothing
The nights entertainment began with a series of “man on man” sprint races, where one lap would help determine your final gate pick. Our qualification times meant that Josh May and I were to face off first, like a race version of the practice we had laid down on his track the day before. Because our times had been so similar we knew this would come down to one of three things; the start, whoops or a slippery final corner. Hopefully with plenty of bar banging in between.
Unfortunately many of the sprint races were decided on the first turn where Josh spun out in our first battle, as did Micah in our last. Between those two races I had recently crowned Australian Under 19 Supercross Champion Jay Wilson to battle with, who had lined up close to the inside. I had the choice between starting right on the inside which would need a perfect jump, or basically accepting defeat, so I chose to back myself. Sure enough, another great jump and powerful surge after the gate put me out front, an advantage that didn’t last long but felt good at the time. That gave me third pick of the gates and the best chance of staying out of trouble. Or so I thought.
Let the Games Begin!
Getting the holeshot and leading the first lap was a pretty good way to start the racing proper. Unfortunately my speed through the turns and whoops was more conservative, getting passed by Rhys Carter, Micah McGoldrick and Jay- the latter getting so excited that he was the complete opposite of my intensity scale. Jay went down while attempting a hasty pass which put me back in the race where I soon laid down my fastest laps of the day in attempting to hold him at bay. On the very last corner he made a last ditch effort to cross the line in front of me but came up just a tenth of a second short, and once again I was reminded why I love supercross so much.
Having helped give Rhys a few points over his Aussie rival, I then kept him upright in race two when he got bumped way off line on the second corner, only getting saved thanks to a collision with me while I went down. It was another chance to ride hard as I charged through the pack, making passes at warp speed to earn fourth place back.
Which made my last race a bit frustrating, starting out front once again, only to end up in the same position. Nonetheless the day was a win as I did some new jumps, made some passes, got some good starts and gave the crowd some entertainment. I just hope the success of this event inspires all of those capable riders who did not race this year to get back into what really should be the pinnacle of our sport.