Gympie’s Joel Kelso won at the New South Wales’ Junior Dirt Track Titles on his seventh birthday last weekend.
Gympie’s Joel Kelso won at the New South Wales’ Junior Dirt Track Titles on his seventh birthday last weekend. Renee Pilcher

Dirt bike champ lifts game to win

GYMPIE dirt bike rider Joel Kelso turned seven last Saturday and celebrated by winning the second division of the New South Wales Dirt Track Titles.

Turning seven meant Kelso, packing a punch for his age, stepped up to a new class for riders aged between seven and nine.

The pocket rocket said he was “pretty excited” winning his first outing in the new class against older competitors.

“I was surprised, but it was a good win,” he said.

Kelso won all five races, leaving no doubt about his dominance on the track.

Making the win even more remarkable was that the young gun overcame power problems with his new bike, a KDM50.

“My bike had a few problems with power,” he said.

“It made it hard to overtake, but I still did it.”

Kelso used all his skills on the bike to compensate for the lack of power, often overtaking his unsuspecting rivals on the inside of the track.

The key to his success was confidence.

“Confidence and lots of practice helps me get better,” Kelso said.

“Every weekend I try to get in some practice so I can improve.”

While winning the New South Wales’ title was an exciting birthday present, Kelso was also enthusiastic about his other presents on the special day.

“I got a push bike and racing car Lego,” he said. “I had a great day.”

Still pumped from his surprise win last weekend, Kelso is shaping up to keep the momentum flowing this weekend.

The young rider will be travelling to Bundaberg for the opening round of flat track competition.

From there, Kelso will head to Kurri Kurri in New South Wales for the Australian titles.

It will be the first time the rider has ever competed in national titles and he was excited about his chances.

“I can’t wait,” he said.

Meanwhile, sister Courtney is on a break from racing and will offer support to her brother.

“I can’t wait until I get to race again, but I hope Joel does well,” she said.

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