Matt hit throttle a bit too gung-ho
AN ADRENALIN rush is a good thing in all sports.
However, it can lead to over-zealous setbacks, but in Matt Eggleton's case it was only temporary during yesterday's second round of the Orange to Ocean Interclub Motorbike Series at Benaraby Raceway.
"I went all right after I flipped it and it set me back a little bit," Matt, 14, said of the mishap in the Junior Mini Lites category.
He learned from his mistake quickly to overtake several other riders.
"I dropped the clutch too early and I guess that the adrenalin rush got to me," Matt added.
His dad Michael was at his side to offer advice about staying calm at the start line.
Matt admitted that his dad was concerned with the "gung-ho" approach.
"Dad told me that he was getting a bit scared because he said that I was getting too keen," Matt said.
It all began for Matt at the beginner class of bikes.
"When I was younger I raced in the peewee 50s class," Matt said.
"I played rugby league with Valleys Diehards and when I met some friends who were into motorbikes, I told them that I wanted to give it a go."
It is his first and final year on his 85cc 2014 Kawasaki bike before he graduates on to a bigger machine.
"My next bike will be a Husqvarna 250," the youngster said.
His best finishes to date were in Biloela in round one and Yeppoon for open day where he was in sixth and
seventh place respectively.
Matt's determination and willingness to learn and look up to US professional rider Ryan Villopoto should have him with regular podium finishes sooner rather than later.
VIDEO: Watch some of the actions from seniors to the piwi class!
50cc DIV 2: J Williams
65cc 7-9yrs: W Hair
65cc 10-12 yrs: D Smith
Mini Lites: B Jenner
Ladies: K Baxter
Clubman Lites: D Morrow
Clubman Open: J Roth
Senior Lites: D Boyce
Senior Open: D Boyce
Mini Lites 12-15 yrs: P Rode
Jr Lites: D Gook