Fresh face on podium
Pirongia’s Jacob Beattie was one of several fresh faces on the various podiums at the 2018 New Zealand Mini Motocross Championships in Porirua.
The eight year old won the 7-8 years’ 65cc class with a dominant display on debut at nationals, riding a KTM
65. His placings over five races were three wins and two seconds.
Beattie took out the championship, finishing eight points clear of his nearest rival, with the third place getter another 13 points further back.
“Jacob is super proud of himself in his own quiet way, but honestly this kid just loves to race his bike,” said his mother, Karen Beattie.
“It doesn’t seem to matter to him if it’s the nationals or the local club’s paddock race, as long as he gets to sit on his bike.”
The youngster is a cure kids ambassador. He has type 1 diabetes and featured in the Te Awamutu Courier fundraising for Red Nose Day/Cure Kids last month. He and a few mates took Red Nose Day to motocross the week before nationals.
“We had red noses on bikes everywhere and raised just under $500,” said Mrs Beattie.
“Jacob is a supporter of Beyond Type 1. We have the #livebeyond on both his and his brother’s bikes.”
Beattie has been riding for two years as a member of the North King Country Motorcycle Club. He is also a member of Taupo¯ and Bay of Plenty clubs over the winter period.
His sponsors are his mum and dad, Karen and Clint, along with Patterson O’Conner Motorcycles, Te Awamutu Tyre Centre and CFX Seats.
Motocross is in the Beattie family blood — the kids are following in the footsteps of their father Clinton who raced as a kid. Jacob’s older brother Nate impressed, placing second in the Pro 65 class at the recent MX Fest in Taupo¯ and his sister Dannika rides a PW50 but is still too young to race.
National age group mini motocross champion Jacob Beattie with his trophies.