Crash costly for young bike star
By Tim Howard
LOCAL motorcycle riders figured heavily in the NSW AMCROSS titles held at the South Grafton Motorcycle track over the weekend.
More than 200 riders from around the State converged on the track for the weekend.
Ninety-seven junior riders competed on Saturday and a further 110 seniors took to their bikes yesterday.
Grafton High School student and competitor in the 12 to 13 years 85cc section Jacob McLeod was among the best performed of the local riders.
Grafton club publicity officer Mark White said McLeod seemed certain to win his section after brilliant performances in his opening two races.
He was leading in his third race when he crashed his machine, putting him at the tail of the field.
"He spent the rest of the race winding his way back through the field," White said.
"He ended up finishing second. It was one of the best examples of riding I saw over the weekend."
Yesterday another Grafton rider, Peter Travers, riding in the 250cc open class put in some consistent performances.
He finished second in each of his three rounds to take second place overall.
White said AMCROSS racing is an older variant of motocross riding.
"In AMCROSS you cannot have any man-made jumps or obstacles, everything on the course has to be natural," he said.