Brodie Matt came 5th in the Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Lake Macquarie.
Brodie Matt came 5th in the Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Lake Macquarie. Max Fleet

Top effort at motocross nationals

BUNDABERG's Brodie Matt finished a creditable fifth in his division of the Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Lake Macquarie last week, but the 13-year-old was a bit disappointed after his chances of a higher placing slipped away.

Matt finished with 70 points, landing in fifth place, in the 12-under-14 years G 150 four-stroke division behind Wayde Carter who emerged as a clear winner with 117 after being the most consistent performer over the five-race series.

He lamented missed chances.

“I was coming second but had two bad races – I crashed when I was coming third in one race, and I stalled in the fifth one,” Matt said.

Still, it was a big improvement after his first two national titles when – in his own words – he went “pretty bad”, finishing in only the top 20 on both occasions.

Matt also qualified for the 250 four-stroke final, but did not enjoy the same success as he did in his other event at the meet.

Just making it to the starting line was also a relief for Matt, after he pulled ankle ligaments in a crash during practice at the Queensland Championships in Gladstone earlier in the year and was forced to withdraw.

Being so close to the top of Australia, Matt has his goal for the 2011 Nationals firmly set – gold.

Matt has followed in the footsteps – or pedal straps – of his father and mentor, Dennis, a top motocross rider, who has been riding a motorbike since he was two.

He joined the Rum City Motorcycle Club five years ago, and he trains hard for his sport on the family’s Pine Creek farm four days per week. While the major meetings are over for the year, he has a couple of club days to go before the Christmas recess.

Brodie Downes also represented Bundaberg well at the Nationals.

The next club meeting will be on Sunday, October 31. More details can be obtained from the website www.rumcitymotorcycleclub.com.au



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