BEING the youngest rider in the field is not an intimidating factor for road racer Brayden Sense.
The Bellingen rider finished second in a crack field of road racers at Queensland’s Stanthorpe circuit.
Competing in the Division 1 superlite section, the 18-year-old was sitting in third position after four races on Saturday but moved up to the runner-up position on the dais with four solid races on Sunday.
Sense finished behind a clubmate from the local North Coast Road Racers, Dan May.
The fact the youngster is doing so well so early in his riding career should not be a surprise.
Sense has been riding motocross since 2007 and made the move to the road racing two years ago – about the time that he started working at North Coast V-Twins. “Riding and working with motorcycles is not just a hobby for me, it’s a way of life,” Sense said.
“If it wasn’t for the constant support of my Dad and all the team at North Coast V-Twins, I wouldn’t be able to follow my dream and passion of racing.”
While at V-Twins the talented rider has been mentored by Beau Beaton who is now enjoying plenty of success in Europe as well as another North Coast Road Racer in Ryan McLaughlin.
Sense said this connection at work had been instrumental in the success he had achieved so far.
“There’s no way that I would’ve been able to do it without the help of the blokes at work,” he admitted.
The next step for Sense and the other Coffs Harbour riders who compete on the nation road racing circuit is the Australian nationals which are being held next month in Goulburn.
A top result there may pave the way for bigger and better things in road racing on bigger and better bikes.
If that does not happen, though, Sense is happy to simply ride bikes just for the fun of it.
Be that on the road or on the motocross track which he still holds a passion for.
“I’m also competing on the local motocross circuit,” he said.
“I’m ready to combine both road racing and motocross to the next level converting my CRF450 to race supermotard.”
Excelling at one discipline is hard enough for most but two is not out of reach for this young man.