DYLAN Parsons’ thirst for success is evident in the value he places in his preparation.
At just 13-years-old, Parsons knows he must get the best out of himself if he is to compete on the grand stage.
He is known to swim, run, ride and to do gym work, on repeat and on every day of the week.
The Emmanuel College student will return to the national racing stage this weekend, when he competes against Australia’s best juniors at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Renmark, South Australia.
Even though the competition will be littered with talent, Parsons is confident he can ruffle some feathers in the 85 big wheel 12-14 division.
He said he would initially aim to finish in the top 40 of the 60 riders in the qualifying races of his class – a feat which will earn him a place in the division’s final.
“This is my first Australian titles. I made the podium at state titles last year but this is my first national one,” he said.
“I’m nervous considering all the money dad has put into it. If you crash once, you can lose the whole chance and the thousands you’ve spent to get out on the track. That’s the risk you take.
“The last couple of weeks I’ve been training flat out. I know if you’re not training, you don’t have a chance.
“Hopefully I have a chance of making it into the final. I’ve been racing pretty well of late so with a bit of luck I can do well.
“You’ve got to be on the bike. My parents put the work in and the money, but I’ve got to put something in as well.”
Parsons, who has been riding motocross for four years, said he could see the value in his strict training regime and the impact it was having on his racing.
He burst onto the motocross scene last year as the 9-12 age group’s 125cc ATV state champion.
“All the work I put in off the bike is necessary because it’s so demanding (physically),” he said.
“Especially when sometimes, I’m coming up against 16-year-olds. I just have to train a lot more to be able to compete with them because they’re naturally bigger with their age. People say if you’re up there now, imagine where you’ll be when you are 16.
“This is my first Australian titles. I made the podium at state titles last year but this is my first national one.”
Parsons will enjoy a day of practice on the Renmark course before launching into qualifying heats in the national decider.
He said he was aiming for a place in the top 20 overall.
As Australia’s biggest motorcycling event in terms of participation numbers, the Australian Junior Motocross Championships will be hosted by the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club from September 24 until October 1.