WITH years of experience behind him and a passion for making it big, Geordie McGrath is getting closer to pursuing his dream of riding motocross in America.
The 17-year-old rode his first motorbike when he was only two years old and competed in his first competition in Year 6.
“I’ve owned probably 15 bikes since I first started riding but I race a Yamaha YZ 250F at the moment,” he said.
“I remember Dad putting training wheels on my first Pee-Wee 50.”
After placing third in the Queensland titles last year and fourth this year Geordie has been training hard for the seventh round of the Australian MX Titles in Victoria this month.
“I love the nationals. I race for the Under-19s against other Australian kids and even some from New Zealand,” he said.
Geordie is currently completing Year 12 online through home schooling, allowing him to time focus on his riding.
“I used to go to St Teresa’s but I was missing too much school with training and comps so I’ve been getting homeschooled since Year 11,” he said.
The Noosa rider gained sponsorship from clothing company Street Empire, with Yamaha this year donating two bikes to his cause.
“Street Empire travels all over Australia and they give me all my riding gear and clothes,” he said.
The Chad Reed fan said he had a string of bad luck with crashes at the start of the year after breaking his ribs and collarbone but is more determined than ever to get back on the bike.
With his sights set on heading to southern California next year, Geordie said that is the one place he would love to ride.
“I haven’t been overseas yet. I’m hoping to go to America at the start of next year though for training before I come back here and race in the nationals,” he said.