For­mer cham­pion set to com­pete in Spain

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING - By Char­lotte Lam

PROSER­PINE lo­cal and for­mer Aus­tralian Su­per­moto pre­miere class cham­pion Andy McLeish is cur­rently ex­plor­ing and rid­ing in the out­back of Western Aus­tralia and has been of­fered the chance to take his tal­ent to Spain.

He is cur­rently stay­ing in Baldivis, Western Aus­tralia where he has been spon­sored by CRUSHTEX op­er­a­tors Bryan and Michelle Rankian to prac­tice and race there.

CRUSHTEX spon­sored the 2014 Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships at the Whit­sun­day Race­way in June this year, where McLeish placed sec­ond in his di­vi­sion, de­feated by for­mer world cham­pion Troy Bayliss. McLeish com­peted in his first Western Aus­tralian race on Sun­day at the West Moto Park Su­per­moto Mid­west Shoot Out.

He said he always wore his Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club track­suit proudly wher­ever in the world he was rac­ing.

At the age of 21, McLeish’s ca­reer has al­ready taken him to Europe, United King­dom and Scot­land and he is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing an in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­nity de­pend­ing on his fi­nances.

He has been of­fered a spot in the 2015 Spain and World Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships af­ter be­ing scouted by a su­per­moto academy in Spain ear­lier this year.

He is cur­rently the first pick of one of four rid­ers for a one-rider team.

Grate­ful for the chance to see the world while com­pet­ing in his dream in­dus­try, McLeish said he has felt the fi­nan­cial strain of it all.

“I’m so thank­ful for all the sup­port I have had so far, my spon­sors mean the world to me – with­out them I couldn’t do any of it.” Ideally, McLeish would head over to Spain in Oc­to­ber where he would be based in Va­len­cia and train there un­til the cham­pi­onship but that all de­pends on his fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing McLeish can con­tact the Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club for more in­for­ma­tion at mo­tor­cy­cle@wmsc.org.au

KILLIN' IT: Proser­pine's Andy McLeish com­peted in the Su­per­mo­toWA Mid­west Shoot Out in Western Aus­tralia on Sun­day but has Spain in his sights. Photo by An­drew Tin­gle Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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