Jacob wins Honda racing team spot
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TEN-YEAR-OLD Jacob Wright is a young man in a hurry in every sense of the word.
Jacob, a motocross rider of much promise, has already achieved a dream he thought may have been longer in the making ? signing a factory deal with the Honda Racing Australia team for 2006.
'I've been hoping to be on a team for a long time,' Jacob said yesterday.
'It's a dream come true ... but not one I thought I'd have as a 10-year-old.'
Jacob thought he may have reached his goal by the age of 13 or 15 but has proved to be just as quick achieving his dreams as he is at reaching the finish line.
His second placing in the 9-11 years 85cc class at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Coolum in October was the catalyst for his signing and has provided him with his major goal for 2006.
The only 10-year-old to secure a top 10 finish in Coolum, Jacob is determined to go one better next year. And it would take a brave pundit to bet against him.
After finishing behind Jake Blomfield of the Sunshine Coast at Coolum, Jacob did not waste any time gaining revenge, defeating Blomfield in Goondiwindi a week later.
The Tannum Sands State School student hopes his success will encourage other youngsters to work hard in their chosen sporting fields.
'Kids at school ask me why do I train so much and I tell them 'because I want to be the best',' Jacob explained.
As a member of the HRA team, Jacob will be guided by long-time team member Andrew Johnson who also helped guide a young Jono Porter when the late Gladstone motocross star first joined the outfit.
He expects his first major race under the HRA banner to come in Queensland's Sunshine State Motocross Series in February. Jacob also cleaned up at the recent Gladstone District Dirtriders Club presentations, winning the 9-11 years 85cc club championship, highest points getter and most outstanding rider awards.
Jacob thanked his family and Harbour City Motorcycles for helping him achieve his goal.