SOME people are just born to do things, and that may very well be the case with Singleton’s Ryan Smith after he once again showcased is motorcycling abilities at a major tournament.
The youngster has won another award, arguably his biggest yet, following his success at the Australian Junior Long Track Championships held in Tamworth at the weekend.
He took home a winner’s medal for the 100/150cc 2 stroke and 200/250cc 4 stroke classes and came runner up for the 100/150cc 2 stoke event, all in the 13-16 age bracket meaning he was often competing against older opponents.
Despite his numerous other successes, he was still surprised to have done so well at the national competition and revealed which award he enjoyed winning the most.
“I’m most proud of the 150 because I just like that bike the most,” he said.
Ryan has only been riding that type of motorbike since the start of the year, making his accomplishments all the more impressive.
His next adventure is taking him to Subang Jaya in Malaysia, where he will be competing to be selected in an Asian championship event.
He’s excited by the concept as he’s never been overseas before and said there’s a couple of things he’s most looking forward to.
“The experience of it should be really good,” said Ryan.
His dad, Darren Smith, said he’s thrilled with his son’s accomplishments and always knew he was destined for great things.
“I’m extremely proud, it’s the toughest comp in the junior dirt track division… and to come first twice and also get a second in his first year is unbelievable,” he said.
“He’s been doing pretty much his whole life, started riding 3 and racing at 7 and won his first title when he was 7 and he’s been doing it pretty much ever since.”
Ryan is sure to continue making headlines around the industry and he may become a household name in Australian sport if he continues on his current path.