KTM Newcastle's Brock McLeary has been confirmed the 2013 Junior Lites Australian Supercross Champion following confusion over the timing and scoring process.
KTM Newcastle’s Brock McLeary has been confirmed the 2013 Junior Lites Australian Supercross Champion following confusion over the timing and scoring process.
The 16-year-old motorcycle apprentice carried the red plate into the series finale in Toowoomba, and rode a strategic race to follow Wilson Todd home for second to clinch the title.
McLeary received the trophy and the number one plate on the podium, but then some confusion over scoring from the previous Phillip Island double-header led to the official series scoring showing McLeary as the series runner-up, rather than as its champion.
After an anxious couple of days in the Newcastle KTM camp, the rightful champion from Kurri Kurri has been unanimously recognised, with McLeary winning the championship on 177 points over Wilson Todd (176) and Jordan Hill (157).
“The game plan was to finish in front of or one point behind Wilson,” McLeary said. “Matt Moss has been working with me and he told me, ‘I don’t want you to win the race, just win the championship,’ and I won.
“It was a weird feeling before the race, there weren’t too many nerves, I knew that I had to go out there and do a job and that’s what I did.
“It’s my first national title and it’s an awesome feeling, because I’ve always been the guy finishing top three or top four so to do it in my last race as a junior is definitely the highlight of my junior career.
“I’d really like to thank KTM Newcastle, KTM Australia and the Moss Institute. Next year I’m in Under 19s and I have no expectations at all, I’ll just go in as prepared as I can be and see how it turns out.”