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Dysart’s Mitchell Dark took home seven wins from eight races at the Central Highlands Series in Emerald.
Dysart’s Mitchell Dark took home seven wins from eight races at the Central Highlands Series in Emerald. Terry Hill

MITCHELL Dark is one kid on the move, injury or no injury.

Even with his arm plated and screwed like something out of a science-fiction movie, Dark went on to win seven of his eight races in one of his first competition races this season.

The junior throttle-man lost just one race in his favoured 65cc division during round two of the Central Highlands Coalfield Series and roared into first place in all four races in the more challenging 85cc class.

“Considering he hasn’t done a lot of racing since his crash in August last year, he did a really good job,” dSad Peter said.

Mitchell was competing in the King of Goldfields race in Charters Towers mid-last year when he fell from the bike and was dragged underneath, breaking his arm.

Now back in the race seat, the young rider is wasting little time gearing back into the winning form shown early on in the 2010 season.

“It is just about getting the confidence back now,” Peter said.

“We had a few bike issues on the weekend but he probably raced better on Saturday than on the Sunday, just a better mental attitude I think.”

The wins placed Mitchell third overall for his division on the weekend and provides the youngster with the perfect platform heading into the Queensland Titles on the Sunshine Coast in June. He will also race in Harvey Bay in the interim for bonus track time.

Even with a blistering start to the new season, the outlook for the remainder of the season appeared even more promising with word that his best was yet to come.

“He should run well, we’re just trying not to peak him too early,” Peter said.

One rider who will be hoping to peak at her best this weekend is Blackwater’s Olivia Morgan. The junior speedster will battle for her second consecutive Queensland Junior Women’s Motocross title in Coolum.

“It will be interesting,” dad Shane said. “I think she is somewhat quietly confident but will just have to wait and see.”

This year’s title involves added pressure for Olivia who has since moved up a division to the 7-6 years 65cc geared class.

Brother Jayden is never far from the action either, taking to the dirt together with Olivia for the Central Highlands in Emerald at the weekend.

He will join his sister at the Sunshine Coast-based championships to ride in the support class of the 12-13 years 85cc division.

“It will be a good test-bed for the Queensland Titles,” Shane said.

In total, 194 bikes ripped through the dirt in Emerald with only a handful taken to hospital as a precaution.

All were later cleared of serious injury according to Emerald club spokesperson Lana Barnes.

The next round of the Central Highlands Coalfield Series thunders into Middlemount in May.


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