Ryan Doyle (left) and Childers’ Jake Simpson take the tabletop together.
Ryan Doyle (left) and Childers’ Jake Simpson take the tabletop together. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Downes not out of final title race

LOCAL rider Brodie Downes suffered a scare ahead of the biggest race of his career this weekend, running into engine trouble at Hervey Bay on Sunday.

But the gun 13 year-old is confident his bike will be up and running for the final round of South East Queensland Juniors, where he enters in second place overall.

Downes finished fourth in the 85cc class, a position affected by his engine problems.

“I’m pretty happy to be sitting where I am at the moment, I think I’m assured a spot on the podium regardless, but I want to knock off Corey Abood from number one,” Downes said.

“He’s a great rider, but if I ride well there is a chance I can overtake him on points.”

More than $800 has been poured into the bike this week after it played up in Sunday’s race, but Downes is confident it should be good to go for Ipswich this weekend.

He said mechanics had identified the problem and a trial run yesterday afternoon would hopefully bring good news.

Downes has been on fire this season, and after four rounds sits in his best ever position in the competition.

“Every rider is at least a year older than I am, but I think extra training a being a little stronger than last year has helped me compete with them,” he said.

Bundaberg locals clocked up more good results on Sunday, despite the dry, dusty conditions at Dundowran Park.

Local junior Jack Larter, who claimed sixth at the nationals this year, finished second in the 65cc class, behind Kingaroy’s Travis Harm on Sunday.

Jake Simpson, who hails from Childers, won the clubman lites, while Casey Ford was first in the clubman open event and Stephen Batkines won the evolution class.



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