After a nine week wait, Singleton’s Ryan Smith had the opportunity to finish what he started at the 2018 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships.
The long-awaited second day of racing finally transpired on Sunday, August 12 at the Kurri Kurri Junior Motorcycle Club track and the consistent performer picked up first place in the 13-16 yrs 85cc class and second in three other events – 250cc, 150cc and combined 150/250cc.
This was his first attempt at earning a coveted Aussie title in the open class (13-16yrs) on his 250cc dirt bike so he is naturally “pretty happy” with claiming the mantle of runner-up in this particular race.
A transition that began with a spectacular win at the first hit out of the season in March – the 2018 Junior Casey Stoner Cup.
The annual race meeting attracts riders from around the country and Smith held off some quality opposition to claim the cup, including the 2017 triple Australian champion Kye Andrews.
He says “it was a bit frustrating” having to wait so long between the first and second day of racing.
During the two rounds that actually transpired before the rain interrupted proceedings on the June long weekend, Smith recorded wins in all of his eight races.
However, this is only one of the “four big meetings” of what is shaping up to be another successful season for the proven champ.
And his goal – “just to win,” Smith says.
This season he is also grateful to have his sponsors – Marx Tyres, Port Tune, Pro Moto Suspension and Chris Watson Motorcycles – along for the ride.
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