Nelson to race for Australia
LIKE Most young kids Tyson Nelson has a goal in life - to be the best in his sport.
“One day I want to become an Australian speedway champion and travel overseas and compete as a professional speedway racer,” Tyson says.
For Tyson, part of his dream is close to becoming reality as he jets off overseas later this week.
For the 16-year-old, he has been given the opportunity of a lifetime by being selected to represent Australia at the World Titles in Poland next month in the under-21 motorcycle speedway event.
Tyson’s prize bikes, his 500cc Italian GM and his Jawa, are already on their way to Europe with Tyson flying out on Thursday.
“I’ll spend two weeks in England and practice at a few race meetings then I’m off to the World Qualifiers in Poland,” says an excited Tyson.
“Two weeks after the qualifiers I will be competing in a team event in Czechoslovakia.”
To qualify for the event Tyson needed a top-four finish at the recent Australian under-21 Speedway Solo titles at Mildura, Victoria in January this year.
The Lower Southgate resident is also chasing his dream of gaining a contract with a racing team in Europe.
“Hopefully I will go well overseas, there are about seven clubs chasing me at the moment to be part of their team,” he says.
“At this stage I’m not going to rush in and sign with any club until I can gauge how they are and what type of contract they are prepared to offer me.”
Tyson, who started racing bikes at the age of four, has won numerous Australian and State titles in both motorcross and speedway and along the way have copped his fair share of injuries.
“I love the adrenalin rush from racing but have come unstuck a few times,” he laughs.
“I’ve had two broken wrists, three broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and knee, numerous stitches and I nearly tore off my big toe.
“You have to remain positive and not think of coming off the bike...have no fear.”
Tyson’s coach and mechanic Mitch Shirra said he is excited about Tyson’s prospects of becoming a professional rider.
“To get on the world stage is a great achievement and it is a good opportunity for him to get noticed,” Shirra says.
“If his name becomes well known in the Domestic League Racing it will help him gain a contract.
“It also might inspire other local kids in all sports to follow their dreams.”
Ten things you may not know about Tyson
1. Australian Junior Dirt Track Champion in 2007 and 2008
2. Australian Junior Long Track Champion in 2007
3. First place Australian Junior Speedway Solo Titles in 2007
4. Australian 350cc Speedway Champion 2009
5. Holds the Long Track race record time at Blayney in the 450cc class and 500 class in 2009
6. Holds race record time in 500cc at North Brisbane Mick Doohan Raceway 2009
7. Holds race record time in 500cc Solo at Mildura Speedway 2010
8. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Queensland ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ for junior motorcycle racing
9. He lives with his grandparents John and Cheryl Brough who have supplied all his bikes
10. Tyson’s great grandfather, the late Barry Stauffer was a former three-time Australian Sidecar champion in the mid 1950’s.