McCormack on State champs heels

BYRON Bay dirt-bike rider Tom McCormack beat all but the State’s reigning champion yesterday to come second in the Pro Class at round one of the Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championship, held at Goomburra (near Warwick, Queensland). McCormack, 17, finished the challenging two-day event – which ran for a total of 300km over 11 hours – 38-seconds behind nine-time champ and fellow Yamaha pilot, Kirk Hutton. Hutton was not the only competition for the rising star: the Pro Class had one of its largest turnouts in recent years, with 14 riders.

“It was a tough weekend. I just had fun, tried my hardest and it turned out alright,” McCormack said. “I’m happy with how I did but I did learn that I have a few things to work on. Now I’ll go home and train hard and come back stronger than ever for the next round at Mackay.”

Two rounds remain in the Queensland two-day enduro championship on July 31-August 1 at Mackay and September 11-12 at Warwick.

McCormack’s next national competition will be rounds seven and eight of the Australian off-road championship at Wedderburn, Victoria, on July 10 and 11.

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