Jake McLeod, 17, of Junction Hill continues to make the right moves on the track.
Jake McLeod, 17, of Junction Hill continues to make the right moves on the track. JoJo Newby

Proud McLeod's on the wild side

SOUTH Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club’s Jacob McLeod’s first venture on a bike “was a little bit wild”.

But he was only five. It’s understandable.

Fast-forward 12 years and the Junction Hill youngster is still using his wild side as he takes on the nation’s best motocross riders.

Earlier this month McLeod grabbed fourth, after qualifying 25th, among 52 competitors at Victoria’s 2011 MX Nationals.

“We did it last year and I came about 28th,” a proud McLeod said.

“But this year some of the nerves settled down a bit.

“The first two races I was very happy with, I didn’t expect that at all.”

In about two weeks McLeod will travel to Sydney for round two of the series.

And confidence will be high.

“We were aiming for a top-10 finish. Now we have set our aim a little bit higher,” he said.

“I haven’t raced there before but my confidence is high.”

South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club race secretary Narelle Rankin praised McLeod for putting the sport on the map in the Clarence Valley.

But it’s not just his exploits on the track that’s attracting new members.

“A lot of my mates are starting to ride,” he said. “As they get better they will have a go in the higher grades. It (motocross) is definitely growing in Grafton.”

McLeod cycles three days a week and hits the gym two days in a bid to reach his overseas motocross goal.

“Riding has always been my number one hobby,” he said.

*McLeod is sponsored by Grayson Sontei Motorcycles, Grafton Power Products, Big River Squash and Fitness, Greef Industries and Pirelli Tyres



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