Dual Australian under-21 champion Max Fricke is looking forward to competing in tomorrow night's Undera Best Pairs at Undera Park Speedway.OLIVER CAFFREY January 31, 2014 4:15am
Mansfield’s Max Fricke, fresh off a second straight Australian under-21 championship, will be one of the major drawcards at the Undera Best Pairs tomorrow night.
Fricke became just the sixth rider to win at least two Australian under-21 titles when he took out the series final at Gillman Speedway in South Australia on Saturday night.
By winning the prestigious race, the 17-year-old became the youngest rider to win the championship for a second time.
The Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club rider said it was an incredibly tough race, with a quality field making it hard to defend his crown.
‘‘A lot of big names have won it before, so to be in elite company now is very good,’’ Fricke said.
‘‘Going into the final it was a bit of an unknown really, there are a lot of quick guys and I had to ride smart and fast.
‘‘I made a decent start, I came inside and with another guy we went back and forth with each other for a while and I was eventually able to pull away.’’
Fricke is now eligible to compete in the World Under-21 Championships qualifying round and is eager to go after missing last year’s races.
‘‘Depending on where it is, and if it is affordable, I’ll definitely be keen to go and try and qualify for the world under-21s — last year it was too far away and I wasn’t able to get there,’’ Fricke said.
After enjoying his national success, Fricke’s attention turns to Undera Park Speedway tomorrow night, where he will compete in the senior pairs.
Fricke has defied his age to show he could compete with the most experienced riders, after racing in the Australian Speedway Championships this month.
At the time of writing, Fricke was unsure who he would pair up with, but was expecting a fast night of racing.
‘‘Saturday night should be great, they’ve got a few good riders coming up — (star NSW rider) Jason Doyle has pulled out, which is a bit disappointing, but there’s lots of good guys going to be there,’’ he said.
GV Motorcycle Club president Leckie Milne said a number of district riders be taking to the track in the senior and junior categories, including Ardmona’s Jake Anderson and Shepparton’s Jackson Milne.
‘‘It will be a packed night and there should be some full-on racing with quite a few locals and riders from South Australia and across Australia going to be there as well,’’ Milne said.
Racing begins at 8
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