Tom's top finishes at champs
BYRON BAY motocross marvel Tom McCormack powered through a quagmire to land top-10 finishes in round seven and eight of the Australian Off Road Championships over the weekend.
The 17-year-old was greeted by treacherous conditions in the central-western Victorian town of Wedderburn, but competed strongly against the best in Australia.
Sixth place on Saturday and 10th place on Sunday were enough to launch the rising star into second spot in his class for the meet, and third overall with four rounds to ride.
But it was far from a breeze.
“It was probably the most challenging track I have ever ridden,” McCormack said.
The riders tore so deep into the track in Saturday’s gruelling two-and-a-half-hour cross country race that organisers had to get the bulldozers out and build a new track for Sunday.
“It was really hard on the bikes, a lot of people had problems, but the Yamahas seemed to really pull through,” he said.
McCormack rides a Yamaha YZ250F and although he made it through the race, he had his share of obstacles.
“I was going great until I lost my front brakes on lap two,” he said.
“But I kept working forwards and passing people until I pitted and switched my brakes over.
“Something further went wrong and I had no front brakes from then on.”
And the fun didn’t end there.
With clods of mud flying from the rear-wheel of one bike into the face of the rider of the next, potential disaster struck.
“I had problems with my goggles and had to ditch them,” he said.
“A lot of riders got dirt and mud in their eyes but I was lucky with that.”
McCormack’s results continue to raise his profile as one of the best young riders in the country.