PRACTICE makes perfect, as they say.
Warrnambool motorbike rider Ted Collins is making the most of his recently acquired 125 GP eligibility in readiness for an assault on the Australian and Victorian titles next season.
Ted turned 14 last Tuesday. It allowed him to race the Motorcycle Road Racing Australia junior road racing championships’ sixth and final round at Broadford last weekend.
The Warrnambool College student won the 125 GP class, finishing with two second placings and a third.
“I turned 14 on the Tuesday, which meant I was eligible to ride my new bike, which was great,” Ted said.
“We were all pretty close on the 125s.
“In the first race I was pretty nervous and wasn’t quite sure how I’d go.”
Ted will take confidence from his 125 GP debut into the third and final round of the Victorian series this weekend.
The round is at Broadford, the scene of his first success, and is part of the Australian super bikes competition.
“I missed the other two because I wasn’t old enough,” Ted said.
“I’d be really happy with top three because I think it is part of the Victorian title, but there will be riders from the Australian championships there too.”
Ted said he’d always enjoyed motorsport and was grateful to get a taste of 125 GP action this season. “I’ve been riding motorbikes since I was five. I started on a dirt bike and have been road racing for about three years,” Ted said.
“Dad used to do it and I wanted to do it too.
“We’ll get the bike set up for how we want it next year. I was riding an 85 for the first half of the year until I changed over.
“I finished second in the Hartwell championships.
“There is a lot more competition in the class I am in now.”