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Josh hurtles around track to make mark in speedway racing

Josh Coyne is rapidly progressing in his speedway solo bike racing career.
Josh Coyne is rapidly progressing in his speedway solo bike racing career. Renee Pilcher

WHAT'S it like going flat-chat on a motorbike with no brakes?

Gympie speedway racer Josh Coyne can tell you and not because he's had a mishap with his bike, he chooses it that way.

Coyne guns his custom 500cc speedway solo bike around the speedway tracks of south-east Queensland and neither his, not the bikes he races against, have brakes, just a clutch and an accelerator.

Coyne said the inability to pull up on the track meant his focus was stretched from his bike to tens of metres in front as he planned for what might lay ahead.

"You've got to think way ahead," he said.

The bikes hurtle around the track lap after lap, slipping out sideways around corners and often getting lucky with high-paced near-misses.

Coyne has spent just six months at the handlebars of his flashy speedway bike, which looks somewhat under-equipped in the absence of brakes, and he is already racing with quite a lot of presence in A-grade.

He's managed to take the podium in some A-grade meets this season and has climbed to the top at B-grade meets.

Before focusing on speedway racing, he'd take his Honda CR 250 out, but just for "a bit of fun".

That fun included placing 18th in the Australian Dirt Track Titles this year.

He now spends his weekends travelling to meets and his spare-time working on his bike and fitting in some training.

Coyne has two meets left for the season.

He will race at his second-last meet in Maryborough tonight for the Fraser Coast Xmas Bike Show and will race for a final time this year in Brisbane on December 22.

Gympie Times

Topics:  motor sports speedway



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