GYMPIE has a new national champion, with local dirt-bike rider Jarred Brook taking out the 13-16 years 250cc 4-stroke gong at the recent Australian long track title in Townsville.
"It was his first ever Australian title win, so he was over the moon," dad Andrew said.
"250cc is the premier class at the event, so it was the one he really wanted to win."
Brook also picked up second-placings in the 150cc and 150-250cc races, in what was yet another successful meet for the 16 year-old.
Just in the last few months he has covered thousands of kilometres attending regional, state and national championships.
In March he became Victorian champion in three different categories for his age group, and backed it up with three second-place finishes at the Australian dirt track title in Cowra in April.
After two placings at the New South Wales long track title in Tamworth in May, he won the 250cc event and was runner-up in 150cc at the Central Coast Cup just a week later.
In the week before his breakthrough Australian crown, he added two more state titles to his growing resume, winning the 150cc and 250cc races at the NSW dirt track title in Kempsey, and finishing runner-up in the 150-250cc event.
On top of his success on the big stage, Brook currently leads the 13-16 years championship points standings in 150cc and 250cc at his adopted North Brisbane Junior Motorcycle Club.
"Jarred's been riding since he was six and racing for about three years, and now he rides most weekends at various club and practice days, championship meets, or on a practice track at a friend's house," Andrew said.
"He works full-time in carpentry at the moment, but his dream is definitely to become a professional racer and compete overseas."
Jarred thanked his sponsors; Wide Bay Motorcycle Gympie, KTM Australia, Fox Head Australia, Link International, Motul, Pirelli, Rival Ink, Suspension Matters, M2R Helmets and McClintock Fuel Supplies, as well as his family.
"None of my achievements could've been possible without the support from Mum, Dad and my sister Sarah," he said.
"They've put in countless hours helping me to achieve success, as has my wonderful coach, Paul Caslick."