Seconds tick by as Gook hits traffic
BLACKWATER’S Dylan Gook ran into the mother of all traffic jams at the Queensland Motocross Championships in Coolum earlier this month, costing him vital seconds in his chase for series points.
The 65cc 7-9 years rider did enough to place third overall, just one point short of his second-placed competitor.
The young Blackwater rider was only seconds into the race when a spill on the first corner landed a number of other bikes in the dirt, with Gook doing his best to weave in and out and avoid the commotion.
“He was at the tail end of it and five or so bikes crashed right in front of him,” Dad Brett said. “It probably cost about 10-15 seconds.
“It doesn’t sound much but it’s a lot during competition.”
His most recent third placing came on the back of another third podium place and a fourth in the six-round championship series on the Sunshine Coast.
Back on home turf, young Gook is also leading the charge, ranked first in his division for the Central Highlands Series and a little further back in the Central Queensland Series.
“We missed one of the CQ rounds, so that’s a 100-point lead all the other riders already have on him,” Brett said.
Using the experience from his competition in the south-east of the state, Dylan is upping the ante with an introduction to the 85cc 9-11 years division.
“He’s a little short for the bike at the moment, but it’s just a matter of getting a few more rides in and getting the confidence up,” Brett said.
“It’s more of a training tool than anything right at the moment.” Much of Dylan’s inspiration Brett thought, was derived from the motocross success of older brother Jake.who has competed all around the country.