CHAMPION: Will Kearney soars over a jump during the 2019 season, he claimed Canobolas Motorcycle Club’s Championship. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
At just 13 years old Will Kearney clearly has a bright future ahead of him after taking Canobolas Motorcycle Club’s 2019 Championship crown.
The Championship is decided cumulatively between the Motocross (MX) and Enduro disciplines with, traditionally, only the most-committed riders throwing their hats in the ring.
Kearney did so by not only riding in all this year’s 12-14 years 85cc events across both, but finishing on the podium in every race too.
“I was so surprised when I won. I didn’t even realise I was in the running. It felt good though and it is definitely a highlight of my riding career so far,” he said.
“I crashed in one Enduro, but still managed to finish second. I would have liked to race in the 125cc class as well but the bike is still a little bit too big for me at this stage. I will definitely be on it next year though.”
Kearney’s 2019 season wasn’t limited to the club rounds, he crossed state boundaries a number of times to race, including tilts at Australian Supercross rounds and King of MX qualifying.
“The Supercross tracks were a real challenge,” he said.
“The pros chop up the track so every time I went out it was different. The finish line jumps are huge and the tracks are tight so the other riders are right on top of you.
“[The King of MX] was a great experience, but I missed out on progressing and was outdone by my nine-year-old brother Jack, who earned a golden ticket to race in two classes.”
The success did end up a family affair, with Jack claiming the club’s 50cc division two MX and 65cc Enduro titles while dad Gerald won the over-35 MX crown.
The family’s commitment doesn’t stop there, sister Josie earned her race licence this year while Tilly, Drew and mum Shelley are constants behind the scenes.
With maturity and dedication well beyond his years, Kearney thanked his family for all the work they do in helping him improve, before mentioning his goals for 2020, he remains torn between upgrading from 85cc to 125.
“Mum and dad do everything for me (and) dad is the person I got to when I need help with anything. He’s having trouble keeping up with me these days though,” Kearney laughed.
“I want to qualify for the state MX titles next, that’s my main goal. I also want to race in the Hattah Desert Race, which is two-and-a-half hours of going flat out in the sand.
“I want to keep riding until I’m as old as dad, maybe even older.”
We are excited for our End of Year Presentation this Saturday. The trophies are nearly ready and we can’t wait to give them out. A couple of things to know:
*There will be trophies for eligible place getters in all junior and senior categories for both MX and Enduro. To be eligible you have to have competed in a certain number of rounds eg for MX it is at least 4 races.
*Club Championship categories are Overall Club Champion (senior and junior); Junior Girl Club Champion; MX Champion (senior and junior); and Enduro Champion (senior and junior)
*There are set formulas to determine Club Championship trophies which include total points
If you cannot stand the suspense and absolutely need to know if you are going to win one of these “big ones” please contact us and we will whisper in your ear…Shhhhh. Contact is Club President on 0438 010363 for this or any other questions.
Details: We will supply some light platters to share and a drink and a treat for all the kids. All other drinks including alcohol will be at your own expense. We imagine that there will be some people who will want to stay on for dinner at the venue. There is a wonderful selection of food and we will be happy to book some tables on your behalf.
Trophies: There will be Awards for MX and Enduro, all categories plus Club Champion trophies (these will be handed out about 4pm).
RSVP: Please RSVP via Messenger or FB including whether you would like to stay for dinner so we can book tables.
Further details: Janette Prior, President 0438 010 363
All 2019 photos from MX Rounds 3 to 6 and Enduros have been uploaded here on the Website under Photo Gallery.
We want to share with you a comment we received about our Come Try Enduro Day we held yesterday……
“Sunday the 18th August turned out to be a fantastic day for riders of all skills levels, ages and bike types!
It was a great opportunity for riders who were not be sure what it’s like riding local club competition events, or were simply looking for a great ride on a real enduro track.
It was encouraging to see many new faces and to see a variety of different machines old & new.
The classic ECHO track was in great shape and really highlighted what it’s like to ride in off road enduro conditions. Riders had a great time and we met a few new friends as well.
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, by participating and supporting your local club you are improving your rider skills for life and that means you can enjoy off road motorcycles – at any age” Richard Bennett
We hope everyone had a great time and as mentioned yesterday, please feel free to let us know how we can make our events more enjoyable as we do want to cater for riders of all skill levels & budgets.
Pencil in early April 2020 for our next Come Try Enduro Day.
What a great day for racing yesterday at our Hartins Earthmoving Round 4 MX! We hope everyone enjoyed the day. Thanks again to everyone who helped make it happen, it was especially great to see lots of spectators and some new faces helping out. We hope to see everyone back again on August 25 for Round 5. Thanks to Josie Kearney for her awesome photography work.
In the interests of retaining our existing riders and attracting new people to the sport of Enduro we need your input, feedback and ideas:
• Input – there is an Enduro Come Try Day scheduled for Sunday 18 August 2019. We are concerned that we might not get the interest we were hoping for and were thinking of postponing it until early April 2020 as a feeder to next season. What do you think? Could you please let us know if you think this is a good idea or if you are super keen for the August date and you and 20 of your closest mates are all deadset certain to attend
• Feedback – please let us know what you think we are currently doing well and shouldn’t change and what you think we could improve
• Ideas – please let us know any ideas that you have that will help us retain and attract riders
Comment on this post on our Facebook page, use the Club’s Messenger or call Greg at Morris Motorcycles on (02) 6362 1955
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our Midwest Signs Round 3 MX. We wouldn’t dare have wished the overnight rain away even though it made for a pretty soggy track for the first few rounds. Once again we want to thank Hartin Earthworks and our tireless volunteers for all the extra work that went into the track including some added safety features. Those refurbished tyre walls were very impressive!
President: Janette Prior
Vice President: Peter Davis
Secretary: Greg Elliott
Treasurer: Linnie Dutton
Public Officer: John Prior
Sponsorship: Bec Owen and Karl Brabrook
Publicity: Joanne Smith and Sheree Hays
Merchandise: Linnie Dutton
Canteen Coordinator: Janette Prior