Champ thrives on motocross
Ten- year- old Brodie Connolly has taken out the title of New Zealand Mini Motocross Champion for the second year running.
The Walton School student was unbeaten at the two-day championship at Waitoki, near Auckland last weekend.
He competed in the nine to 11 years 65CC class and won all five of his races, finishing up on 125 points.
Runner- up Luca Palmer- Donaldson from Nelson was on 93 and in third place was Carlin Hedley from Otorohanga with 79.
‘‘He had won it with one race still to go,’’ said Brodie’s dad Gavin.
Last year, Brodie won the national title against 10 and 11-yearolds just one day after his ninth birthday.
In October, he won the North Island Junior Motocross Champs and two weeks before that was in Australia competing in the Australian Junior Championship.
Unfortunately he was sick for the three days leading up to the competition near Melbourne and, although he had qualified third in his class, he came away 13th in the 65cc class and 15th for 85cc.
‘‘It was good experience though,’’ said Mr Connolly.
He also came second in the eight to 10 years 85cc class at the junior nationals in New Plymouth earlier this year, and a week later beat the winner at another event.
Brodie has been competing in motocross for five and a half years and seems to have a natural ability, said Mr Connolly.
‘‘ He just lives and breathes it,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s fun,’’ said Brodie.
He tried out his cousin’s motocross bike for the first time just before his fifth birthday and hated it.
‘‘I decided I wanted to try again, rode it and loved it,’’ he said.
‘‘So I got a bike and started racing.’’
Brodie is a member of the Matamata, Patetonga, Pukekohe, Taupo and Tokoroa motocross clubs and competes almost every weekend.
He has trained with Broxy Rider coach Peter Broxholme and more recently, with top Australian coach Greg Moss.
Over the years he has won multiple titles, including the King of the North three times and the New Zealand Grand Prix Champion twice in the mini class and once in junior.
Mr Connolly built him a small motocross track on the Walton farm where he sharemilks and Brodie practices at least three times a week.
Next up for Brodie is the Auckland Champs this weekend and the Valley Champs in three weeks time.
He is also set to compete in the Summercross event held between Christmas and New Year and the New Zealand Grand Prix at the end of January.
He would like to say a big thanks to every- one who supports him, including Dave at Challenge Matamata, Janet at Matamata Physio, Jason at PGG Wrightson, Brad at Ecolab, Russell and Leanne at Colchester Engineering, Roger and Denise at Dr Trim, Makz Gear, Motorex, Extract Visuals, Trusport – JT Racing Gear, everyone who helped with his trip to Australia, and his teams MX Antix and Moss Institute.
In action: Walton School student Brodie Connolly out on the track.
Number one: Brodie Connolly, 10, is the New Zealand Mini Motocross Champion for the second year running.