Fresh face on podium

Waipa Post - - The Country -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

Na­tional age group mini mo­tocross cham­pion Ja­cob Beat­tie with his tro­phies.

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