Jade Parker emerges from the berm in first place during Gold Coast’s meet.
Jade Parker emerges from the berm in first place during Gold Coast’s meet. John McBain/Flashshots

Parker on track to race down title

BMX: Despite missing the first two rounds of the Champbikx nationals, Bundaberg girl Jade Parker’s stunning form on the Gold Coast has seen her surge into second spot overall in the series.

The 14-year-old racer won rounds two and three during the weekend, pipping her arch rival and national champion Harriet Burbridge-Smith in the process.

“All my main competition was there. It was a full-strength field, so it was very satisfying to win both races,” Parker said from Sydney this week.

Two rounds remain in the series — Canberra in March and Shepparton’s national championships in May.

Parker is hopeful of attending both and edging in front on points to be overall champion.

“It’s possible (to win overall) and I think I’m riding well enough to claw back the points to do it,” she said.

It has been a whirlwind year for Parker, who finished third in the world championships in Adelaide in July.

Her achievements have led her to Sydney this week, accepting an invitation to train alongside Australia’s most promising juniors with leading riders from the United States.

“I feel like I’ve already improved,” she said after her first training session.

Parker will race in the XBR Summer Series at the end of the training camp.

Money is the only thing holding the talent back.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Jade as she continues her quest for national domination, can telephone Chris Parker on 0417 759 241 for more information.

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