Life in the fast lane
By MITCHELL DALE
GREG James is rising through the supermotard ranks at the same pace as he attacks a race circuit ? bloody fast.
After only six months in the sport, James already has an Australian third-place trophy in the cabinet and has shown there should be plenty more to come in the future.
The Australia Supermotard championship series wrapped up in Toowoomba on Sunday, with James sneaking into third overall in the clubman class.
James, who comes from a motocross background, started the weekend in fourth spot, but his ability on the dirt track allowed saw him race to a podium finish.
"Saturday was all on tar, which suited the road riders, but my motocross experience definitely helped on dirt," James said.
"I started six points behind but the guy who was third crashed in the first race, so I overtook him.
"But I crashed in the second round, so it evened out and I finished the day 11 behind.
"I just had to hang in there on Saturday because I knew I would come into it on Sunday.
"I was running the same pace as the rest on tar, but on dirt I really caught up ? I was really happy with where I came."
The 26-year-old will step up into the S2 class next year.
"I want to run in the top 10," he said.
"It is the premier class, so I will be happy with a top 10 finish.
"I am still learning a lot and I have spent a lot of time working on my bike, but it is all getting there now.
"I will be right to go next year."
But, while James is constantly improving, he says his competitors are as well.
"The overall level of competition is just getting higher and higher," he said.