Prue Maeyke at the Dirt Bike track Ladies day. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Prue Maeyke at the Dirt Bike track Ladies day. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA160116BIKE

Back on the bikes

SCOTT Campbell came very close to not being able to return to what he loves after a motorbike accident in 2007.

The then 14-year-old spent nine months at Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital recovering from head trauma.

Fast-track almost a decade and the 23-year-old will be riding in this weekend's McCosker Contracting Benaraby Sprint Series courtesy of the Curtis Coast Trail Riders and Gladstone District Dirtriders Clubs.

"I got told that I was never going to be able to race," Campbell said.

"I got back into it just for fun and fitness, but will start to take it more seriously again."

That is because something Campbell has supposedly 'cannot do again' yielded him a third place in a competition in Yeppoon recently.

"I was only playing around and motorcross does not scare me...I have recovered 100 per cent," Campbell said.

Dual junior club champion Luke Brown 12, will hope to start the season on the front foot.

He too has had to overcome adversity to get back on the seat.

"I had two big accidents in both the last round of the CQ competitions in 2014 and 2015," Luke said.

He broke his leg in Emerald two years ago and collar bone a year later.

The setbacks helped the youngster build resilience and it's the camaraderie on and off the track which he likes being a part of.

VIDEO: See Scotty get airborne

 

"I enjoy the people with their great sportsmanship and they are nice," Luke said.

"It can get pretty rough out on the track and I get butterflies when I'm on the start line."

Luke has ridden on both dirt and sand track which offered different riding techniques.

"They are totally different riding styles and the sand is slower sometimes, but I prefer the hard packed surface," Luke said.

THE RACE

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm

WHERE: Benaraby MX Track 177 Jono Porter Drive Benaraby

TRACK: 15km



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