Boyce puts his feet up after motocross season
MOTORSPORTS: Gladstone dirt bike rider Daniel Boyce will put his feet up for the next month after finishing the current motocross season.
Boyce was flat out during August, competing in both rounds of the Queensland MX Championships and Round 10 of the Australian MX Nationals over the course of three weekends.
A builder by trade, Boyce will swap the chain belt for the tool belt as he reflects on his maiden season on the Australian circuit.
"This year was my first full year so I know what to expect now,” Boyce said.
"I'll be staying around home now after travelling four to six hours each weekend, which takes its toll.”
Work, injury and travel expenses restricted the 23-year-old to only the one round of the MX Nationals where he competed in the MX2 250 Pro race at Coolum over the weekend of August 19-20.
Boyce finished 22nd place in the MX2 250 Pro race at Coolum, which was the 10th and final round of the 2017 MX Nationals.
Boyce piloted his #95 Gladstone Motorcycles bike and after a close race where his position changed several times.
At the end of the race, Boyce crossed the finish line 2.528 seconds adrift of Newcastle's Jarrod Kelly and 12.958 seconds ahead of Sunshine Coast rider Joel Phillips.
Boyce recorded an excellent lap time of 02:03.346. His average lap time was 02:05.777, which was dramatically speedier than his career average at Coolum of 02:10.023.
The best Australia has to offer in dirt bikes compete at the MX Nationals with many riders entering in every round at venues across the nation.
Boyce finished 22nd overall at the Coolum event, but that could've been higher if not for a slight mishap on the course.
"I didn't really go in with expectations,” he said.
"I went in blind and did the best I could.
"I had a fall when I was running 16th so I could have finished higher, but I'm pretty happy with it.”
Boyce's Round 10 result saw him finish 54th overall in a field of 73 during the 2017 season.
Prior to the Coolum event, Boyce travelled to Townsville on the first weekend of August and returned from Ipswich last weekend after the completion of the Queensland MX Championships.
He finished an unlucky sixth over the two rounds, but was agonisingly close to finishing higher up the standings if not for an incident in Round 2 at Ipswich.
"I was running fifth until I snapped my gear lever and dropped back to ninth,” he said.