Enduro rider steps up
THE country's top junior Australian enduro rider, Peter-Daniel Allan, has a first taste of riding as a pro this month.
The Gympie student and enduro champion races the first round of the Husqvarna Sprint Series at Green Park, Connondale on February 16 and 17.
Allan became the first Queensland junior rider to take out the Australian Off-Road Championship last year and his success has pushed him up four classes to ride in the pro category.
He's also teamed up with Transmoto magazine and has earned a place on the Hasqvarna racing team, where he will ride with mentor Damian Smith.
The pro class will see Allan ride against the country's best adult enduro riders, which his father Peter Allan said would be a big increase in competition for the 16-year-old.
"It's quite a big step up for such a young kid," Peter said.
Peter said while his son rode at the front of the pack in the junior class in 2012, he was not expecting the blue ribbon straight away.
Instead, Peter said Peter-Daniel would be vying for a place in the top 10 or five.
With Peter-Daniel undertaking a tight training schedule, training for strength and fitness daily and jumping behind the handlebars at least twice a week, climbing the ladder sounds promising.
His bike will be supplied and maintained by Husqvarna and he has also gained support from motorcycle industry brands including Scott sports clothing and Motul, which will supply oil for the young racer's new bike.