VIDEO: Local lad leads pros at Queensland titles
LOCAL rider Brendan Swaffield recorded his best ever result at a Queensland Championships, when he finished fourth in his Opens Pro heat on Saturday at the 6 Mile track.
The ride qualified him ninth for yesterday evening's final of the Queensland Motocross Championships.
What made the ride even more remarkable for the amateur rider was he was up against some of the best professional factory riders in Australia and up until half way through the race he lead the pack.
I came into the first turn, called holeshot, and was in the lead," Swaffield said.
"From there I lead for about half of the race but I got a bit tired and faded a bit. My arms got really sore so I finished fourth, but I was happy with that. I felt that was pretty good."
On his Kawasaki 450, Swaffield lead professional motocross competitors Jesse Dobson and Joel Evans, two big names on the MX National circuit.
"I was up against some good riders, that's for sure," Swaffield said.
The concreter by trade, who lays driveways and pathways in Rockhampton, starts work and 5am so he can knock off by two o'clock to either train on the bike or in the gym.
If he continues to post results like fourth against such high-calibre competition, Swaffield might just lay a path for himself into the professional ranks of the MX Nationals.