Revved up and ready

Chris Bosnakis (16) is the youngest person in Australia to win a pro senior quad bike racing championship. Picture: Emma Reeves d409648
Chris Bosnakis (16) is the youngest person in Australia to win a pro senior quad bike racing championship. Picture: Emma Reeves d409648

Bosnakis, a nine-time state junior quad bike champion, seven-time national champion and the 2013 South Australian champion, recently competed in his first pro senior race at the Australian Quad Motocross Championship, held in Coolum, Queensland.

Despite being up against a highly competitive field of experienced riders, who were at least six years older than him, Bosnakis still managed to cross the finish line first and claim the winner’s title.

‘It was very fast and competitive,’ he said.

‘The riders all have personal trainers and train harder than I do, although I do get a lot of bike time.

‘I think spending more time on the bike, is more beneficial than spending loads of time in a gym.

‘It was great to see the support and encouragement by my fellow riders, family and friends.’

Bosnakis could have spent one more year racing in the juniors, but after he proved too fast for his rivals, he advanced straight into senior level.

He had to start working out earlier in the year, so he could ‘bulk up’ and handle the bigger 450 Yamaha bike he competed on in the seniors.

Despite his outstanding victory, he is not sure what sets him apart from the competition, but his experience may be the reason.

He first rode a quad bike when he was just 18 months old, after his father Kim bought him a Suzuki LT50.

Mr Bosnakis said he encouraged Chris to run him over, so he could practise stopping and moving the bike.

‘A couple of times, he did almost run me over,’ he said.

‘He just took to it and he progressed from there.’

Now Bosnakis has won a national pro title at 16 years of age, he is starting to look offshore for more competition.

‘I want to go to the US and compete there professionally.

‘Quad racing is a lot bigger over there than it is in Australia.’

Last year Bosnakis raced against US juniors at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee and won races with margins of more than eight seconds.

His next goal is to go back to the US and compete in the Quad X Series, before going on to become a professional quad rider.