Abood-iful way to race

COREY Abood is right on track to make his mark as a rising young motocross star.

The 15-year-old member of the Hervey Bay Moto-X Club is already one of the best riders in the country – and he has the ranking to prove it.

Abood is now ranked No. 7 in his 14-16 age division after he produced an impressive week of riding during the Australian Motocross Championships in Victoria.

The championships consisted of two races a day over five days, with points accumulating after each race.

Abood finished in the top 10 in each race to secure his seventh finish overall.

Not a bad effort when you consider he was contesting his first nationals and there were more than 80 other riders in his division.

The top 10 finish in the nationals continued what has already been an impressive season for the Xavier Catholic College student.

Earlier this year he finished fifth overall in the Queensland titles.

While he’s enjoyed his success to-date, Abood, who has been riding motocross bikes since he was about six, is planning to finish the year on a high.

He wants to win the race to be crowned the best in the annual South East Queensland Junior Championships later this month – it’s a race he’s well placed to do just that.

With one race left in the series, Abood is the outright leader and he’s determined to stay put.

But it takes more than being good on two wheels to become a champion and Peter Abood knows just how hard his talented son has worked to get where he is today.

“There is plenty more work needed to be done other than what happens on race day,” Peter said.

“He trains really hard each week (Corey has done boxing and wrestling to help strengthen him and he also rides a push bike three times a week to help with his breathing, something really important for motocross riders) and he also has sleep and eating programs in place.

“It takes a lot of effort for a kid his age to stick to what’s required to get to the top.

“He’s determined to do it and we’re so proud of him.”

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