Tim Egan soars to podium finish in Transmoto event
MOTORSPORT: Using clever strategy Bundaberg's Tim Egan has beaten some of the best riders in the world to finish on the podium at the Transmoto 6 hour last weekend.
In the six-hour race, where riders complete laps on a trail bike around a dirt bike course, Egan fought back from outside the top 20 in his class to finish third in the Ironman - the individual category.
He worked his way inside the top 10 during the first half of the race and made his move after racing was stopped due to damage on the track.
Taking advantage of the crucial stop, Egan made a quick decision that moved him to the front.
Realising he could make it to the finish line without an extra fuel stop, if he filled his tank, Egan took the chance and refuelled.
When the race resumed Egan was in prime position and was able to hold on for his first podium in the series.
Talking about his incredible weekend, Egan said the result was not expected.
"I figured I'd had the fitness to do one so I thought I'd give it a go,” he said.
"I hoped for a top five finish but got third overall so I was stoked with that.”
Finishing 20th overall, as well, racing teams and pairs, Egan was able to do battle with 2016 Dakar Rally winner Toby Price.
Admitting he was intimidated at first to race a champion, Egan said it was good to race one of the best riders in the world.
"His capabilities definitely showed during the race,” he said.
"I got a couple of head-to-head shots at him during the race, so it was nice to battle him.”
With Egan competing in a wide range of sports including freestyle motocross and rodeo riding, the 27-year-old feels he has found the right sport in endurance racing.
With dreams to compete in the Dakar Rally and the Finke Rally next year, Egan said he loved one part of the sport the most.
"You get to see some pretty remote locations on a motorbike competing in endurance events,” he said.
"You also push yourself at the limit at the same time, which is great.”
Meanwhile Bundaberg's Zak Small won overall honours at the same event as part of the Husqvarna Australia team.
Competing for the factory outfit the talented teenager teamed up with Christian Horwood and Fraser Higlett to win by more than a minute, ahead of The Team From Up Here featuring Price and two other riders.
The next round of the series will be held in NSW on November 5 and 6.