Turner set for Supercross
BUNDABERG 18-year-old Casey Turner has been racing fast since taking up motocross as a five-year-old.
But it will be literally a whole new ball game when he steps into the national spotlight in the second round of the televised Australian Supercross Series in Canberra on Saturday week.
Turner's achievements in motocross includes seventh in an Australian Junior Lites and a second in a round of the Sunshine State Series, and he recently moved up into the seniors division and debuted with an eighth in the state championships.
Turner could not be contacted this week as he is working away and out of mobile phone range, but his mother Terri said he was “very excited'' about stepping into the big league.
“Casey wanted to do it last year, but he needed a supercross track to train on so we built him a track at home – it cost thousands and thousands of dollars but a local business, BAJ Contracting, helped him out with a lot of dirt and machinery,” Mrs Turner said.
“Then he had to go to Warwick for coaching and accreditation, which he got in two months – he had to show that he is capable of riding to get his licence.
“Supercross is a lot different, as it is in a stadium and there are a lot of jumps and they race a lot closer together, and it is a lot more demanding on your body.”
An apprentice bricklayer by trade, Turner will find the competition tough with a lot of his series' rivals to be professionals.
He also has budget constraints, but Mega Motorcycles has given him strong support, with a number of other businesses also financially backing his campaign.
“Mega Motorcycles have paid all his nominations and also done a lot of mechanical work for him which is a great help – it costs a fortune to nominate, let alone the travelling costs,” Mrs Turner said.
The series starts in Newcastle this Saturday, but Turner will not join in until a week later.
Finances will not permit him to contest the Launceston, Auckland and Dunedin rounds, but he will be back for the penultimate leg at Parramatta Stadium on November 27 and a home-state finale at QEII Stadium on December 4.
Mrs Turner said she and her husband Shane would not be able to make the trips to the ACT or Sydney, but they would be glued to their television. They will be trackside in Brisbane.