Sickness doesn’t stop win
Despite having a cold at a motocross championship, Brodie Connolly has won another title.
The 11-year-old won the 11-12 years’ 85cc class of the North Island Championships on the weekend of September 19 and 20.
‘‘I didn’t think he would be able to do the last round,’’ his dad Gavin said.
‘‘He got out and practised, and he had been off school sick all that week, and came back and said ‘I feel like crap,’ and I think he was still two seconds faster than the next guy. I thought ‘just pace yourself, might have to settle for second or third’ but he still won.’’
This win meant Brodie had won all six of the rounds that were spread over two events.
This is the fourth time he has won this title.
Brodie started riding at fouryears-old and then started racing the year after.
He started with the Matamata Motorcycle Club and then got involved with the Tokoroa club.
He is also now a member of the Tauranga, Patetonga, Pukekohe, Taupo and Cambridge motocross clubs and competes almost every weekend.
The Matamata Intermediate student is also the youngest member of the Matamata College motocross team.
He trains with top Australian coach Greg Moss four times a year and also uses his small motocross track on the Walton farm where his dad sharemilks.
This year he also achieved his goal of winning the 8-11 years 85cc 2 stroke/150cc 4 stroke class at the annual Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix.
He has now won this class five years in a row. Brodie also won all three of his races at the South Island Junior Champs. In 2013 he won the title of New Zealand Mini Motocross Champion for the second year running and won the North Island Junior Motocross Champs and the King of the North three times.
The highlights of being involved in motocross for Brodie include travelling around New Zealand to compete and placing third in the Australian junior nationals last year against about 90 competitors.
Brodie would like to thank the local business who support him.
Brodie Connolly, 11, with his bike and latest trophy at his dad’s Walton farm.