Rider on a high
IT’S been a big year for Gympie enduro rider Guy Parkinson, but all the effort has paid off after he was announced the Yamaha Queensland Enduro Champion at the weekend.
The 16-year-old, along with members of the Gympie Motorcycle Club, attended the Enduro Queensland presentations on Saturday night to receive his trophy.
Parkinson rides a Suzuki RM Z 250 in the Junior 150 two stroke to 250 four stroke class and had to compete three two day rounds to win the award.
He not only won the Queensland Championship, but was also the winner of the Suzuki Enduro Cross Series placed third in the Yamaha Sprint Cross series and third in the Australian Off Road Championship held in Victoria, behind fellow Gympie rider Kasey Winston.
The busy event schedule has seen Parkinson and his family travel all over eastern Australia including Port Macquarie, Batemans Bay, Wedderburn, Kapunda in search of race glory.
The Gympie High School student said enduro racing was different to motocross.
Instead of racing around a short circuit doing jumps, enduro racing was going flat out through bush terrain which included gullies and trees.
He said one lap through a bush track could take riders as long as ten minutes and was physically draining on riders.
Parkinson is hoping to go as far as he can in the world of enduro racing and would love represent Australia at the top level.
“It would be great to be able to get on the team,” Parkinson said.
But for the time being he is concentrating on getting his fitness right for 2011.
“I go up a class next year from junior to expert,” Parkinson said.
“It’s the open ranks and the other riders are pretty good.
“I hope to be very competitive.”
To be competitive Parkinson has hit the gym to work on the strength and fitness.
“I am doing some weight work and a lot of cardio and working on my bike fitness,” Parkinson said.
He is planning on riding 20 to 30 minutes sessions non-stop around a track near his home.
“Riding is the only way to get your bike fitness up.”
Parkinson said winning the State title would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the loyal band of sponsors including Advance Motors, Advice Partners, Green RV, Gympie All Gas and Battery, Triton Sheet Metal, Alistair Lee Dental, Suspension Matters, PHE Electrical and most of all mum and dad.
“I wouldn’t be able to do it with them,” he said.
The new season starts in February next year.