Racing is a Shaw thing for Tye
SENIOR Club Lites rider Tye Shaw praised the track at the Benaraby Raceway. In just his third competitive race, he certainly doesn't have any regrets.
"I've loved the sport since I was young... the racing was good," 20-year-old Shaw said.
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"The dirt's really good because you can push the wheels into the ruts and it's a quick track."
Biloela Council worker Shaw puts plenty of his hard-earned cash into his bike and towards travel costs.
He has been involved in a few crashes but it's something that does not enter his mind come race day as it is a part and parcel of the sport.
"I try not to think about maybe crashing, but the adrenalin is certainly pumping through the roof at the start line and during the race," Shaw said.
He heeds advice from older and more experienced riders he has come to know.
"My role models are a lot of the older boys and I get a lot of advice from them," Shaw added.
Podium finishes are not Shaw's aim at this early stage of his introduction to the sport and just staying on the bike would be a box ticked, according to him.
As far as doing airborne hill jumps, Shaw said there was a fair bit of technique involved.
"It has to be a smooth throttle where your chin has to be over the handlebars and to make sure the back wheel touches the ground first," Shaw explained.