Jung gun rides way to success
CRAIG Jung has an impressive haul of trophies that he’s won racing on his motorbike – more than 130 at a rough guess.
Someone is now going all-out to overtake him – his 10-year-old son Bailey.
And the Tinana State School student is catching up.
Bailey has already won more than 60 trophies for his dirt track performances and has his dad well in his sights after yet another impressive season on two wheels.
Bailey, who has been riding motorbikes since he was two-and-a-half and racing since he was four (the age you can apply for racing licence) now has the Queensland No.6 plate 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.
During the year, Bailey, who races an 85cc two stroke Honda and a 150cc four stroke in the nine to under 11 age division, spent plenty of time on the road racing up and down the east coast of Australia.
It was worth all the effort when he finished second in the Queensland Dirt Track Championships in Ayr and fourth in the Queensland Long Track Championships in Brisbane.
He also won the Mackay Beach Races, came second in the North Brisbane Cup, seventh in the Australian Long Track Championships and an impressive fourth in the Australian Dirt Track Championships.
Despite all the time on the road, Bailey said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I just love racing,” he said.
“You just cannot beat it.”
But what does Bailey, who is a member of both the Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club at the Gold Coast (his home track) and the North Brisbane Junior Motorcycle club, dream of?
“Becoming famous,” he laughed.
While Bailey was having a giggle about what he’d like to become, his dad said there was no reason why Bailey couldn’t go all the way to the top.
“Bailey lives for it,” Craig, who retired a few years ago after a 20-year racing career, said.
“He’s so dedicated and determined – he’s not afraid of putting in the many hours of practice either.”
But does Craig think Bailey will overtake his haul of trophies?
“I’ve got no doubt he will,” he said. “He’s a better rider than I was at his age and he’s also got a finish on a podium in the nationals.
“I never managed to do that, something Bailey keeps reminding me of,” he laughed.