Local teenager in final leg of MotoAmerica bike champs

2016-09-21 06:00
Dominic Doyle (15) participated in the final leg of the MotoAmerica Championships.                                                         Photo: SUPPLIED

Dominic Doyle (15) participated in the final leg of the MotoAmerica Championships. Photo: SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabethan, Dominic Doyle (15), recently participated in the final leg of the MotoAmerica Championships in the KTM 390 race as a Roadracing World Wild Card.

The Championships took place at Thunderbolt Circuit in New Jersey from September 9 to 11.

Dominic had the privilege of doing a track walk with Dave McFadden and Matthew Scholtz, two established motocross riders, and received some premium advice.

Dominic made an excursion off the track during his first race, and, although he rejoined, he had to retire as he had no front brakes left.

His times improved consistently though, as he went from a 1:40:46 on his first practice to a 1:36:99 in the first race, making him one of the fastest riders.

Dominic used the warm-up before the second race to practise a new line and strategy, which would leave him less vulnerable, and keep him from going off the track as he had in the first race.

In his second race, he made his usual lightning-fast start, immediately jumping from position 7 to 6, but later dropped to the back of the lead train in position 8, where he managed to keep on the tail end of the leaders to the end of the race. He finished 8th out of 27 riders.

John Ulrich, from Road Racing World, gave Dominic the royal treatment, including a tour of his M4 Suzuki Racing team, and asked for Dominic’s contact details in RSA to do a follow-up article.

Dom did quite a few interviews during the weekend, and stirred up a lot of interest. He even had his own cameraman trailing him.

“I would like to thank all of my sponsors for their confidence in me and their assistance in getting to MotoAmerica, especially Ginger Arrow Racing Trust, Transport.co.za, PE Classic Bike Racing and Impact Loss Control Solutions.”

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