Tom's podium finish on track
BYRON Bay dirt bike racer, Tom McCormack, wrapped up a coveted top-three position in the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) E1 Class after a solid performance at the final rounds of the series, held at Cherrabah Resort (near Warwick, Queensland) at the weekend.
McCormack, of the Pro Motorcycles Queensland Enduro Team, also placed well in the Outright standings, following a fifth Outright and several top-10 round finishes.
The 17-year-old said he was especially pleased with his result, as the 2010 season was his first in the senior ranks.
“This weekend was tough, it rained all Saturday night, which made the technical track even tougher,” McCormack said.
“But I had a good ride, I finished in the top-10 Outright both days.
“I was lucky enough to get a 2011 YZ250F for the last few rounds, it’s a perfect bike and I really enjoy riding it – it truly is an unreal machine.
“My season was up and down, but I’m happy with my result and to have finished fifth Outright at the hardest race I’ve ever ridden, round seven in South Australia, was unreal.
“I got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the series when I didn’t finish the first round because of a bike problem – just did something really stupid in a corner and ripped my radiator off.
“After that I played catch-up all year, but was able to finish the year off strong.
“I learnt heaps, every round I just learned more and more and I really think next year will be a good year for me.
“I’ll try and stay a bit more consistent next year. I’m still young, I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’ll just try and do my best.”
McCormack will return to Cherrabah Resort this weekend for the final round of the Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championship, in which he is currently sitting second in Pro All Powers.
McCormack is the youngest rider to go straight to the pro class in Queensland enduro racing. He is current Yamaha junior Queensland enduro champion, Yamaha SEQ enduro series winner and is ranked second in the country for junior off-road racers.
His ultimate goal is to make the sport he loves his profession and become the fastest in Australia.