WATCH HIM WHIP: Allora rider wows at global MotoX comp
HE WAS a long way from the small jumps in Allora, but when Tyler Wakeford took to Marvel Stadium on Saturday night, he had only one goal in mind.
At 23, Mr Wakeford has spent most of his childhood in and around the world of motocross and the S-X Open Supercross event was a taste of international glory.
“The competition on Saturday was actually my first major competition – so getting the win in the best whip category was pretty awesome,” Mr Wakeford said.
“I’ve done other competition, but this was a big one being that it had worldwide coverage and all.
“It’s actually a pretty surreal feeling know that however many thousand people were watching me compete in that stadium.”
The freestyle motocross rider has been honing his skills for nine years, and the largest international supercross event outside the United States was an opportunity to put his skills to the world.
Known in the motocross community for his ability to whip on the bike, it was only a matter of time before he competed, he said.
“There was so many people telling me to give it a crack and it’s something that I’d wanted to do as well,” he said.
“A few years ago, I tried to get into the competition but it’s hard when you don’t know the right people.
“It was a great opportunity because I got to prove myself to the world.”
With the support of his family and friends, the Allora local said it was an opportunity he’ll never forget.
“A lot of people that I knew were there supporting me which was an awesome feeling,” he said.
“Motocross draws in a lot of people, it’s sort of a touristy thing – when they see an event on, people want to come.
“There would have been a lot of people from the motorcycle community and people that follow that scene that were there too.”
Training out of the Aussie FMX compound in Boonah, Wakeford’s Allora jumps are no longer up to scratch.
With the future ahead of him, Mr Wakeford is already planning for competition in the new year.
“Anything could happen really, you never know who’s watching you when you ride at all levels,” he said.
“The X-Games are something that I’m working to make next year in America.
“There are so many young fellas that reach out to you and just want to do exactly want I do and want to get involved and have a go at it.
“I’ve definitely worked hard for this, and it was nice to do it for a small town like Allora and the Darling Downs.”