M'boro teen Britney Boyce returns from 108-hour round trip
MARYBOROUGH teenager Britney Boyce has a new determination to become Australia's best motocross rider.
The 14-year-old is back in town after the Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Bunbury, Western Australia, and has returned from the 108-hour round trip with a newfound desire to reach the pinnacle.
A matter of months ago it was a completely different story, and it got to a point where the mentally spent Aldridge State High student considered giving it away.
But as she does on the track, she dusted herself off and fought out of the slump, and in the process rediscovered her passion to finish fourth in the 85cc 2-stroke all wheel 12-U16 years championships.
"I surprised myself," she said. "I managed to beat a few girls who have beaten me before, and now I want to be one of the best girls in Australia."
She finished ninth in her first attempt in the 250 Girls 12-U16 years competition.
Fellow Hervey Bay rider Will Kennedy, 10, finished eighth in the 30-strong 65cc 9-U11 years classification.
A motocross rider of seven years experience, Boyce is one of the most promising prospects on the track.
Boyce (pictured) travelled to Bunbury with dad Scott by road and by the end of the 54-hour trip to WA was ready to take on the best.
"She motivated herself for it pretty well," Scott said.
"There were a couple of older girls who helped by talking to her a bit, but she was very motivated."
Mum Tanya stayed at home and kept a close eye on live timing.
Boyce's involvement in the sport started when she wanted a go on the bike Tanya bought for the backyard.
From there she was hooked, and asked if she could compete.
One trip to the Dundowran track later Boyce knew she was where she belonged, and has ridden for the seven years since.
She currently rides at both Hervey Bay and Coolum, where she gets experience on a different surface to help her prepare for the biggest competitions.
"I was at home watching the times come in and it was incredibly exciting," Tanya said.
"I was cheering for her at home even though she couldn't hear me or anything. She has improved so much."
Hervey Bay Motocross Club's next race day will be held on October 18.
Boyce's pre-race routine
- A lot of athletes like to listen to music to help calm themselves before competition but you won't find Britney Boyce sporting headphones.
- Instead she focuses on ensuring her body is ready for riding's rigours by stretching, and talks to whoever is around to get herself focussed.
"I talk to dad about the track beforehand and will talk to a few of the girls, but I don't do music," she said.