Gympie’s Joel Kelso lifted second place at the Australian Motorcycle Long Track Championships last weekend.
Gympie’s Joel Kelso lifted second place at the Australian Motorcycle Long Track Championships last weekend. Renee Pilcher

Kelso claims 2nd at national titles

GYMPIE motorcycle racing competitor Joel Kelso proudly admits he has more trophies than he can count, after claiming second place at the Australian Motorcycle Long Track Titles last weekend.

The national competition was held in Somersby, New South Wales. And Kelso proved his worth in unforgiving wet conditions.

After seven rounds of competition, the young star, aged only seven, finished in second place and bagged the fastest lap time in the process.

Against competitors as old as nine, it was no easy achievement.

Kelso always strives for first, believing nothing less is good enough, but was happy with his efforts.

His ambition to snare the top spot in every race he contests is the hallmark of any successful elite athlete.

“I raced well but I was after first,” he said.

“It was still a good result.”

“The exciting part was having my aunty and uncle there to watch me race.”

The wet conditions were a nightmare for many riders but Kelso didn’t let the challenge undercut his confidence.

“I like racing in the wet,” he said. “Most riders find it hard but it’s a real challenge.”

Meanwhile, a true tribute to Kelso’s talent was his ability to overcome a height disadvantage when starting his races.

The pint-size Gympie competitor was unable to plant his feet on the ground for the standing starts.

With the ground wet and slippery, Kelso’s bike took a lot longer to find traction, sending him initially to the back of the field.

Proud mum Nayelle said her son quickly worked his way up through the field in no time.

“It was a big disadvantage for him but once he got going he used his skills to get up near the leader.”

A proud Queenslander, with a tinge of red hair to match, Kelso helped the Sunshine State claim all three places on the finish podium.

“It was a whitewash Queensland finish,” Nayelle said.

Kelso is back at school this week and already eying off his next outing this weekend in Mackay. For the first time, he will be testing the limits of his bike on the beach.

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