Tannum Sands motocross rider Jake Wright celebrates his second placing with fans Mark (left) and Warren Harris.
Tannum Sands motocross rider Jake Wright celebrates his second placing with fans Mark (left) and Warren Harris.

Young motocross gun in a hurry

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

TANNUM Sands 10-year-old Jacob Wright is one young gun in a hurry judging by his great second place at last weekend's Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Coolum.

The talented youngster was in superb form on his way to a runnerup finish in the 9-11 years 85cc class behind Sunshine Coast star Jake Blomfield.

Wright was ecstatic with his form, saying a second place finish in a field of 91 riders is his best achievement to date.

'It was really awesome to finish second, I am really happy with what I achieved at Coolum,' Wright said.

'To get the number 2 plate and bring home some nice trophies was fantastic.'

A regular visitor to the venue, Wright believed his knowledge of the Coolum circuit played into his hands during the weekend.

'Coolum is my favourite track and the fact I had been there five or six times really did help me,' he said.

A hallmark of Wright's weekend was his consistency, qualifying in the heat stages in third spot before improving his position by one in the finals.

'My form was solid and gave me plenty of confidence to achieve what I did,' he said.

Wright believes the support of his parents Eddie and Brenda has been crucial to his success so far in his fledgling, but bright career.

'Mum and Dad have been great for me, while the support from the boys at Harbour City Motorcycles and Dave 'Mongrel' Flannery has been magic,' he said.

Wright is now focused on going one better next year and even shared some advice with those youngsters keen to replicate his exploits.

'There are two things you need to do if you want to be a good rider, train hard and most importantly listen to your parents.

'If you do that, then you will go a long way,' he said.



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