KAYDEN Minear is no stranger to success.
At just 10 years old, the Eglinton youngster already holds a number of titles, winning the State Junior Motocross Championship for 50cc in 2015 and 2016 and 65cc in 2016 and the Australian Junior Motocross Championship for 50cc and 65cc in 2015 and 2016.
Now he is preparing to take on the World Junior Motocross Championship in Estonia this weekend, riding a KTM 65cc.
“I’m feeling really good in the lead-up,” he said.
“I’ve trained really hard and dad and my mechanic Grant Martin, from Aussie Moto Engineering, have my bike running really sharp.”
Minear, who has been riding since he was five, said he had been training with his dad and brother at “lots of tracks to work on different drills”.
“We also did 15-minute motos to make sure I’m fit to race hard-paced for that amount of time,” he said.
“I’ve had to eat really healthy to make sure I am in shape to race.”
He has also been watching every YouTube video he can find on Estonia’s track.
The Peter Moyes Anglican Community School student said he was “really excited” to be selected.
“Mum and Dad found out in the morning but didn’t tell me until we were all sitting down for dinner that night,” he said.
“When I sat down at the table, there was an envelope and it had a letter inside from Mum, Dad and my brothers saying ‘congratulations you’re going to Estonia’.
“I think I ran around the table a couple of times because I was so excited.”
Minear flew to Belgium with his dad and mechanic so he can “ride a couple of tracks and practise in their conditions”.
He headed to Estonia earlier this week to take part in a two-day training camp with fellow Australian team members, including Gidgegannup’s Cody Chittick, before the two-day championship.
“I’m really looking forward to riding the new track in Estonia but also getting to ride with some of the older Aussies that I really look up to like Jett Lawrence, Mason Semmens, Cody Chittick and Alex Larwood,” he said.
“I think my biggest challenge will be adapting to the European style of track; they’re designed differently to the tracks here in Australia.”
Iluka’s Caleb Grothues had also been selected to compete in the 125cc but because of team commitments, he can no longer attend.
Team Australia competitors
125cc: Mason Semmens (16), Bailey Malkiewicz (15)
85cc: Cody Chittick(14), Alex Larwood (13), Jett Lawrence (13)
65cc: Kayden Minear (10), Jet Alsop (10)