KOONDROOK motorcross rider, Kale Makeham is on his way to Dubbo to compete in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship.
The 19-year-old will compete across three states during the coming months for the chance to take out the title.
KOONDROOK motorcross rider, Kale Makeham is on his way to Dubbo to compete in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship. Picture – KENDALL JENNINGS
”I’m really excited for the upcoming supercross championship,” he said.
“I recently finished fifth in the National Motocross Championship, which was great, but I’ve always preferred the more intense racing that supercross is. So I’m really excited for that.
“I’ve been training really hard on the bike and in the Gym at Stayfit in Kerang and everything is coming along perfect so I’m ready to do battle and fight for my first national championship.”
The championship will take Makeham to Phillip Island later this month for the second round – which is Australia’s first supercross event to be held in conjunction with the MotoGP – before moving to Toowoomba and Newcastle.
The teenager is hoping tofulfillhis dream of winning a national championship as his “‘dream list” was shortened recently with a visit from former AMA Supercross Champion Ben Townley.
Townley came out in force the open round of the motocross season jumping large and finishing with an impressive lead at attracting attention from Australian Chad Reed.
However, it was the second round of the motocross championship held at Coonabarabran in April where it all came unstuck.
One of his last races before heading to America the New Zealander suffered a season-ending hip injury, and losing his chance to ride for 22 Chad Reed Motorsports. Reed, the fourth wealthiest sport earner in Australia, was recruiting Townley for the motocross season as Reed himself was out injured.
With the nod given by Townley’s surgeon to get back on the bike, the New Zealander began training hard.
When he flew over for testing from New Zealand last month Gippsland rain made it impossible to test his supercross machine.
A plea went out of the social network Facebook from team owner Yarrive Konsky looking for somewhere to ride in Victoria.
It was Makeham who came to the rescue offering the use of his track for the day.
It did not take long for it to become clear that Townley would be heading to Makeham’s supercross practice track after the KTM Privateer posted the following post on his Facebook page.
“Okay tomorrow has just gone from a boring Saturday to probably the best day of all time!!! One of my childhood heroes and an AMA Supercross champion is coming riding at my house pretty pumped about it gonna be a sick day!” Makeham posted on the social media site.
With a venue confirmed Townley, along with team manager Mike Landman and Honda guru and ex-factory Honda manager and mechanic Pip Harrison loaded up and made the trip out Makeham’s home town.
Local photographer Kendall Jennings also made it out to the track and was able to catch up and capture some photos of both Townley, Makeham and Errol Willis, who has been training with Makeham in preparation for the upcoming supercross series.
“The day at Kale’s track with Kale, Errol, and Townley, Pip Harrison, Mike Landman and Leigh was great, it was awesome to see BT back on the bike and really it doesn’t look like he has been off it, like he never had a hip injury, damn awesome, feel so privileged.” she said.
Townley could not thank Makeham and his family enough for the last minute use of the track and was impressed by the setup the young rider had available.
“The track was neat, really awesome,” he said.
“I have been doing some testing over in Australia I have been lucky enough to ride a couple of different places now and I really enjoyed riding here. I just like to thank Kale and Errol for having me out here it has been mint, it was good to ride with them as well.”
For Makeham it was a dream come true to have the 2007 AMA 250 Supercross champion riding at his house.
“It was a dream come true to have Ben Townley at my track,” he said.
“I was a bit happy about when it all came together, it was at short notice. If I had more time I could have prepared it up a bit better for them but it was good to see one of the world’s best talents in your front yard.”
For 2011 under 19s motocross and supercross champion, Errol Willis the opportunity to get an insight on how someone like Townley tests and to see him ride up close in person was priceless.
“It is good to have a guy like Ben Townley come here,” Willis stated.
“Being a past American Supercross Champion, obviously he knows what he is doing on a bike, so it is good to come watch him, and see how he tests, how he does it, and have a look to see how it should be done.”
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