FAST AND FURIOUS: Tom McCormack in action. The 16-year-old Byron Bay rider will move into senior competition in Queensland next year.
FAST AND FURIOUS: Tom McCormack in action. The 16-year-old Byron Bay rider will move into senior competition in Queensland next year.

Byron Bay rider blitzes the field

BYRON BAY dirt bike racer Tom McCormack has wrapped up his fifth series win and second championship victory of the year.

The 16-year-old Yamaha rider blitzed the junior field in the final rounds of the New South Wales Sprint Championships held near Dungog on the Mid North Coast.

Tom said he especially enjoyed the event, as he was able to compete aboard the new YZ250F.

“It was one of my first rides on the new 2010 YZ250F and the bike is awesome,” he said.

“The YZ250F ran great all weekend.

“It’s a whole new bike, it works fantastic, turns really fast and the power is amazing.

“I didn’t get much of a chance to ride it before the race because I’d broke my collarbone two-and-a-half weeks ago.

“But by the end of Sunday I had it all sorted and had a blast on it – I can’t wait to race it again this weekend.

“I went to a specialist and my doctor who said it was fine to race.

“I’ve been looking after the injury and will hopefully be back to 100 per cent soon.”

Tom’s victory at Dungog was the icing on the cake for a near perfect 2009 season.

In Queensland, he won the Yamaha Two-Day Queensland Enduro Championship, South-East Queensland Enduro Series, Sprint Cross-Country Series and Enduro-Cross Series.

He also finished second at the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship.

“This year went really well, it was a good way to end my junior career.” Tom said.

“I’m really looking forward to next year when I’ll be a senior and riding in the Pro Class in Queensland.

“I’ll be the first junior in Queensland to move straight to Pro and I’m excited to work hard and do my best to become among the best in the state and the country.

“My first senior race will be a pony express at Casino this weekend and I can’t wait for it.”

Tom said the tracks at Dungog had been demanding and hilly.

“It was a challenging track, very slippery in the mornings,” he said.

“There was strong competition, which really pushed me and meant I had to stay on my game until the end.

“It was a good challenge and a great way to get used to the new YZ250F.”

Tom McCormack is ranked second in the country among junior off-road racers.


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