Turner turns up the heat

RUM City Moto-X's Casey Turner has launched himself into the national spotlight with a promising performance in the Australasian Super X championships.

Turner, 19, has garnered attention in his first year of competition and has held his own against the nation's best Super-X riders.

The Bundaberg teenager has established himself in a pack of considerably older and more experienced riders such as five-time Australian Junior MotoCross champion Brendan Harrison and two-time Australasian Super-X champion Matt Moss.

He sits in equal 10th position in the Pro-Lites 250cc category ahead of the final round of the competition to be held in Ipswich tonight. It is the first time Turner has competed in a national competition after establishing himself as a regular in the Sunshine State Series and the Queensland State Titles.

Turner was eligible to compete in the Under-19 category of the competition but decided to compete in the pro-lites in the hope of securing sponsorship.

"I thought I might as well step up and push it as far as I could," he said.

Turner said a top-10 placing would hold him in good stead and may open the door to sponsorship opportunities.

"That's been my aim and a goal I've been working towards," he said.

Turner and Rum City Moto-X held a raffle to raise funds towards Turner competing in the five-stage competition held across Australia.

"If people didn't buy those tickets and support me I wouldn't have made it this far," he said.

"I'm very thankful."



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