TEENAGE Warrnambool racer Ted Collins has plans to take on the world.
The Warrnambool College motorcyclist yesterday outlined an ambition to start in the internationally-renowned Red Bull Rookies Cup.
The cup, a pathway competition to the elite motorcycle racing classes, features the best young riders from across the world contesting an eight-round season.
Ted, 14, said he hoped the cup could open doors for him in the motorcycling world.
But he admitted he faced a tough challenge to simply earn a berth in the sought-after competition.
“Next year I’m going to hopefully try out for that. You send in your resume and show them your results from the year,” he said.
“If they accept you, you go over for the try-out in Spain. You do one 20-minute session on a 125cc (bike) and show them your skills.
“From there they see if you’re good enough to get in.”
Ted revealed the bold ambition after his burgeoning career reached a new high at the weekend.
He teamed with Adelaide rider Nic Liminton to win the Hughie Hoare Memorial Enduro for up-to-500cc bikes.
The pair — Ted on a Honda RS125 and Nic on a Honda NSF250 — completed 43 laps in 45 minutes plus one lap enduro.
They posted a quick-lap of 1.02.231 and were consistently in the 1.02 range, beating runners-up Paul Cassingham and Steve Tozer by 15.36 minutes.
“(I’m) definitely proud, just because there were a lot more experienced riders in it,” Ted said. “I was only on a 125 and there were 400s and 500s out there.”
Ted started racing pocket bikes at the Warrnambool go-kart track when he was seven, before graduating to motocross.
Road racing was always his passion, but one he couldn’t indulge in until he turned 12.
“I was mid-pack at motocross and I’m up the front at road racing. I’ve got more motivation for this,” he said.
“Motocross was more easygoing but I’m a bit more serious about this. It’s a lot more fun.”