Jung set for national glory
YOUNG motorbike rider Bailey Jung is certainly following in his father’s tracks – literally.
Craig Jung retired a couple of years ago after an impressive 20-year racing career, now his 11-year-old son is keeping the family tradition going strong.
Bailey, who has been riding motorbikes since he was two-and- a-half and racing since he was four (the earliest age you can apply for a racing licence), has the Queensland No.6 plate for dirt track racing proudly fixed on his bikes.
He won that honour after he finished the year as the sixth highest points scorer out of all the competitive juniors in Queensland aged between seven and 16 years.
It was the second consecutive year that the talented Tinana State School student, who races an 85cc two stroke Honda and a 150cc four stroke in the nine to under 11 age division, has won the coveted plate.
Young Bailey also went close to winning a place on the podium during the Australian Long Track Championships last month.
Racing his 85cc two stroke bike, Bailey finished fifth overall in his age group, a division which was contested by 36 riders.
He also won the Mackay Beach Races again this year.
With the dirt track season almost over, that doesn’t mean Bailey can sit back and put his feet up – far from it.
The speedway season is just around the corner for him and he’s hoping to get a ride in the Queensland Junior Speedway Championships next month.
Not surprisingly, Craig Jung said his son thrived on his life as a bike rider.
“He lives for it – he loves every minute of it,” Craig said.
“He’s not afraid of the hard work needed to make a success of it either.”
Craig thinks Bailey will turn out to be a better rider than him.
“He’s already a better rider than I was at his age,” he laughed.
“I’ve got no doubt he’ll be better than me.”