Gympie rider sweeps pool at premier US dirt track event
YOUNG Gympie dirt bike sensation Jarred Brook has become the first international rider to win the prestigious American Motorcyclist Association Horizon Award.
The award, which recognises America’s best amateur dirt tracker, was taken out by the Gympie teen this month after winning three out of three AMA grand championships.
The former Gympie Central and Gympie State High student raced against the best of the best for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award which recognises the rider best prepared for the professional ranks based on performances at the July event held in Du Quoin, Illinois.
In his first trip to compete overseas, 18-year-old Jarred said he never expected to win a championship let alone the Horizon Award.
“It was my first time competing internationally and all I was hoping was to make the main events at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships and learn what I could,” Jarred said.
“Instead, I’ve come away winning three out of three national AMA amateur Grand Championships and the highly regarded Horizon Award.”
“I couldn’t be happier with my performances or the way my stock KTM 450SXF performed and I’m so grateful to my family, friends and sponsors who have helped support me, both in the States and at home.”
Riding motorbikes since he was nine years old, the Gympie apprentice carpenter competed in four dirt track disciplines over the AMA championship week – short track, half-mile, mile and TT – with points earned in each discipline determining the national champion in each class.
Established in 1997, AMA Horizon Awards are presented annually by the American Motorcyclist Association to outstanding riders in the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship and the AMA Road Race Grand Championship.
AMA track racing manager Ken Saillant said last month:
“The Horizon Award goes to one rider who has clearly demonstrated superior skills as an amateur and is ready to take the next big career step into the professional ranks. The winner of this award will have earned it, thanks to a dedicated amateur career culminating with the rider’s performance at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship.”
Returning to Australia on July 10, Jarred said his focus now was on the Australian, Queensland and NSW championships.
“Then I’d like to travel back to America to race a couple of rounds of the AMA Pro Flat Track,” he said.
“My goal has always been to become a professional rider and this year is about pushing myself further, learning what I can and seeing what’s possible.”
You can follow Jarred’s journey at www.jarredbrookracing.com