Emerald rider, 9, named state champ after racing undefeated
A NINE-year-old Emerald motocross rider finished the season on a high, riding undefeated in the Queensland Female and Vets Championship in Gladstone at the weekend.
Brooke Ball took on the best female riders across Queensland in the 65cc seven to under 10 years class and 85cc nine to under 12 years.
She finished first in her six races over the two day competition and was named Female Queensland State Champion in 65cc and 85cc classes.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I rode overall,” she said.
“My goal was to work on some technical bits and pieces and improve my lap times over the two days.”
Brooke, who has been riding since she was four years old, was also awarded the F2 plate (when racing finishes for title events for all juniors, the points get calculated and riders are then allocated plates one to 10 to race with for the following year).
While she was confident going in, Brook didn’t expect to go undefeated.
“The thing is with racing you can have a good idea where you sit but anything can happen on a race day, you can crash, another rider can take you out, you could have bike troubles,” she said.
“So it’s best never to be over confident but just go out and do your best and if you have a bad race, learn from it and improve for the next one.”
Brooke said the win was incredible but her favourite part of any race day was catching up with her friends, watching how riders had improved and “going out and achieving my goals”.
Although the female titles races are over for the year, she still has a few races to compete in, including an event to be released by Rocky Raiser and Go Girl Racing Australia.
“The training doesn’t stop it just changes up a little,” Brooke said.
What she’s looking forward to most is racing overseas when the global pandemic ceases.
“I can’t wait to be racing overseas. It’s a shame everyone has put plans on hold with such a challenging year but everything happens as it should.”
Her mum Nicole McIntyre said she was so proud of Brooke who had worked to achieve her goals.
“Brooke is such a hard worker at school and on the bike, she has set herself some great goals and is achieving them just as she said she would,” she said.
“It’s great seeing her achieve these and grow from every experience good or bad.
“It’s important to thank all those who support the girls in Australia and those who have offered support to race in the US (United States) and Europe.”