Tinamba’s national champion

CODY Dyce returned home to Tinamba as Australia’s best junior motocross racer in the his class, taking out the event at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Appin, New South Wales.

In the 125cc two-stroke 13 to 15 years class, Cody beat Queenslander Hunter Lawrence and Wayde Kirkland from Tasmania to the top of the podium.

The 14-year-old was the first Maffra-Sale Motorcycle Club member to win a national title in 10 years.

He also finished third overall in the 250cc four-stroke 13 to 14 years class.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Cody as he crashed in every practice and qualifying race.

“It wasn’t a good start at all. I was injured on Tuesday, my back is still sore, but on Wednesday I recovered and took it easy on the bike and I qualified well,” Cody said.

“On Thursday it was my first final and I stepped-up the pace, and finished third in the first final on the 125cc, and finished third on the 250cc. On the same day, I won the second 125cc race, and on the 250cc I got third again.”

On Friday, Cody was looking the goods, sitting in first overall in the 125cc class and third overall in the 250cc class.

“I got a pretty decent start on the 125cc class, was in the top five heading into the first corner. I battled it out with Hunter for most of the race, and I passed my way up to first, and managed to hold him off,” Cody said.

On the 250cc class he finished his last race with a third-place.

“I’m pretty happy that I managed to win it on the 150,” he said.

Cody’s motocross season isn’t over yet as he will be competing in the final rounds of the Gippsland Motocross Championship this weekend at Yarram.

Cody is currently sitting in first in the 125cc and 250cc junior classes.

Cody was hoping his national victory will lead to bigger and better opportunities for his bourgeoning racing career down the track.

“Hopefully it does. The result hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said.