Beattie makes podium finish
GYMPIE’S Nick Beattie shot like a rocket up the standings of the Yamaha Australian Offroad Championships by landing on the podium in Victoria recently.
Beattie, 23, competed in rounds seven and eight of the Top Guns class and was in outstanding form at the Wedderburn event.
Third place in round seven followed by a fifth in round eight has Beattie positioned just outside the top five, in sixth spot.
The Gympie enduro motorcycle competitor was thrilled with his performance.
“It’s my first time finishing on the podium, so I’m pretty pleased with that,” he said.
After finishing outside the top 10 last year, Beattie said he was keen to post a far better result this year.
“My aim has been to finish in the top five and I’m close to doing that,” he said.
The Yamaha Australian Offroad Championships consists of 12 rounds, so some work remains if Beattie is to continue his climb up the standings.
In Wedderburn, Beattie was confronted with cold and wet conditions but kept his mind on the job.
“Conditions were horrendous and cold,” he said.
“There was so much mud and slop on the course you really had to stay focused, because it was so easy to come unstuck.”
Numerous riders fell victim to the conditions, not even finishing the rounds.
Beattie has three weeks off to recover before heading to South Australia to continue the national series. With four rounds remaining, he is keen to maintain his form and break into the top five.
“Consistency is really important, so if I can continue doing well and some of the other riders slip up, I might climb some more places on the ladder,” he said.
Having a new bike – a brand-new, fuel-injected Yamaha YZ450 – has helped.
After taking a few months to adjust, he feels he is already experiencing the benefits.
“It’s a great bike and I’m feeling really comfortable with it when racing,” he said.