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Tony's now the fastest man in Australia on his bike - twice

AWAY AND RACING: Tintenbar-based mechanic Tony Brearley in action on the salt beds at Lake Gairdner in South Australia and, below, with his crew (back row, from left) Barrie Scott, Kristian Sudiro and Anton Brinkmann. Brearley broke to Australian records in the Pushrod Production 2000cc class.
AWAY AND RACING: Tintenbar-based mechanic Tony Brearley in action on the salt beds at Lake Gairdner in South Australia and, below, with his crew (back row, from left) Barrie Scott, Kristian Sudiro and Anton Brinkmann. Brearley broke to Australian records in the Pushrod Production 2000cc class. Contributed

TONY Brearley has spent most of his life involved with motor sport and now he holds two Australian land speed records on his Yamaha NT-01, with no intention whatsoever of slowing down.

The Tintenbar-based mechanic has just returned from Speed Week 2015, where he clocked up two Australian motorbike records racing on the salt beds of Lake Gairdner in South Australia.

His top speed of 236km - 146 miles - per hour was an Australian record in the Pushrod Production 2000cc class, as was his 246km - 153 miles - per hour ride in the Modified version of the same class.

Everything is measured in miles because the sport's spiritual home is in America, Brearley said.

His first record puts him just behind the world record speed of 153 miles per hour.

"I wouldn't miss next year for anything. It will be pretty exciting to have a go at the world record," he said.

The next year will be spent working out how to make the bike go faster.

"There are a few modifications that we haven't made yet," he said.

His Yamaha is not known as a high performance bike, but Brearley said it had the right characteristics to suit the race.

It is a 1670cc and went faster than a lot of bigger bikes in the class including some highly-rated Harley Davidsons.

Riders are judged on their best time racing from the two-mile mark to the three-mile mark on a nine-mile-long course.

The riders need plenty of time to slow down as this can be the most dangerous part of the ride, Brearley said.

No stranger to motor sport, Brearley has been the 2010 and 2011 National Litre Sprint Car champion, and he has also won local motorbike racing series.

The challenge of the solo speed run was all about getting the preparation right, Brearley said.

Tony Brearley (front), at Lake Gairdner where he has broken two Australian records on a 2000cc production bike during Speedweek 2015. Behind him is his crew, from left, Barrie Scott, Kristian Sudiro and Anton Brinkmann.
Tony Brearley (front), at Lake Gairdner where he has broken two Australian records on a 2000cc production bike during Speedweek 2015. Behind him is his crew, from left, Barrie Scott, Kristian Sudiro and Anton Brinkmann. Contributed

"If you don't prepare to win, you prepare to lose," he said.

The salt flats are 700km north of Adelaide and riders have to be able to perform at their peak for a week of racing, Brearley said.

It is all about preparing the best bike possible and making sure to bring the right equipment and spare parts, he said.

At 54 years of age, Brearley never wants to loose his need for speed.

"If you loose that, it's over," he said.

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