Will Kearney claims Canobolas Motorcyle Club’s 2019 Championship Crown
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.”