Brad West Represents Kawasaki in the United States
Brad West recently breezed through a state qualifying round for the United States Amateur National Motocross Championship and secured a podium back home in the QLD Sunshine State MX Championship shortly after.
This year Brad aims to make his way to the summit of junior motocross racing in the U.S. by achieving a podium in the United States Amateur National Motocross Championship. The Championship is held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and the series features the best amateur riders in the nation. To qualify competitors must be successful in the Area Qualifiers and subsequently the Regional Championships.
Brad recently embarked on the familiar journey to the US with his father Sean, where they planned to compete in the Alabama area Qualifier held at Monster Mountain Tallassee. The event was cancelled shortly after their arrival due to flash flooding and bad weather. “We had to replan our schedule and stay a little longer. We did some riding with motocross icon Tim Ferry at some of the local tracks for training and to fill in time” said Brad’s father Sean.
There was no other option but to stick to the objective of the trip and make an attempt at qualifying for the United States Amateur National Motocross Championship. The determined KX Junior Squad member travelled an extra 10 hours to Aonia Pass Georgia just to compete in the State Qualifier. The added travel time was well worth it as Brad managed to get 2nd overall in the 65cc class and 3rd overall in the Stock 85cc class on board his Kawasaki KX65 and KX85 respectively. “We still have some work to do to get back up to race pace after the injury Brad had in the last couple of months but we are getting better each week. Sunday was a better day, we qualified in modified class with 2nd place results in the 65cc and 2nd in the 85cc. Brad was showing major improvements throughout the motos. We were thankful to have Doug Doucette from Team Green USA there to support all of the Kawasaki riders because we had to call on him to touch up one of our bikes with a part we didn’t have on hand”, said Sean.
Brad flew back into Queensland and raced the QLD Sunshine State MX series held in Kilcoy two days later. “Brad fought hard in the muddy conditions for the first round and then started to find his groove after that. The 85cc class was stacked with some great riders and we managed to get 3rd overall on his KX85. In our 65cc race Brad was still tired from racing in the US and it showed because he made some mistakes and ended with 4th overall”, commented Sean West.
Young Brad has shown courage and determination to make enormous progress after a recent shoulder injury. He will now focus on the next round of the QLD Sunshine State MX series at the end of June followed by another trip over the Pacific Ocean to the U.S. to compete at the Regional Loretta Lynn’s Qualifier in South Carolina.
Photos courtesy of Joe Mariotti.