LORNE junior motocross star Callum Norton says he is delighted to have taken away two thirds after a challenging but exciting week at the 2015 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Bunbury in Western Australia from September 26 – October 2.
Norton competed in both the 13 to 15-year-old 128cc-150cc and 200cc-250cc classes and impressively finished in third-place in both classes. “I qualified really well in both classes at the start of the week, winning a couple of races.
“I won the first final in the 200cc-250cc class which was really good. My second race was pretty good, but I actually had too much pressure in my front tyre. I had about 35 pounds per square inch, where it should’ve been about 13 PSI, which cost me a bit,” Callum said.
“I still managed to ride pretty consistently through the whole week on the 250cc bike, but in the second last moto I was going around in second, and on the second lap my shock-belt snapped and broke, and all I could was ride out the race,” Callum added.
“In the 128cc-150cc class I still rode well but I just didn’t get the best off starts but still managed two thirds and a second,” he said.
“It was still a good week, I really enjoyed it. Finishing with two third-places is really awesome, especially after last year I had lots of injuries and I couldn’t even get to race the Aussie titles last year so it was great to get back there and get two podiums,” Callum added.
Norton also took out the challenging 250cc 13 to 16-year-old class at this year’s Hattah Desert Race in July, and was also best-on-ground during the grand final for the Colac Junior Football Club in September.
Asked what sport he liked the most, Callum replied: “I prefer motocross a bit more because I’ve been competing it since I was younger and the racing is a bit more intense. But I love footy as well. It’s something different and it’s fun,” he added.
Callum would like to thank his sponsors Shift Australia, Fox Australia, Dunlop Tyres, Pod, Globe, Husqvarna Australia and his parents for all their help during the season.
Callum’s season isn’t over yet. He plans on competing in this year’s Australian Supercross Championship in the 13 to under 14-year-old 250cc Lites class. Round 1 takes place on Saturday, October 10 at Bathurst in New South Wales.
“It’ll be an exciting competition. We’ll just take it one round at a time and see what happens,” Callum said.