Stoked to be riding at bootcamp

SKILLED: Izaiah Booth Photos: Melissa North
SKILLED: Izaiah Booth Photos: Melissa North

Mount Isa Motocross Club were stoked to have Head Coach of OatesMX Jades Oates return this year with Jordan Waters to impart their skills and knowledge at a 3-day bootcamp recently.

President of the Motocross Club Mark Bax said about 20 participants attended the bootcamp each day. 

The bootcamp aimed to teach motocross riders of all ages safety and new skills.

The club riders split into two groups - the junior riders on 50-65cc motorbikes and senior riders on 85-250cc and higher.

“A lot of the younger riders attended for the whole three days,” Bax said.

KICKIN UP DIRT: Cooper Robertson demonstrates the techniques he was taught by the OatesMX coaches over the 3-day bootcamp. Photo: Melissa North

KICKIN UP DIRT: Cooper Robertson demonstrates the techniques he was taught by the OatesMX coaches over the 3-day bootcamp. Photo: Melissa North

“Several of our members are new to the sport so they were taught body positioning on the bike, how to control the bike with your body and how to attack certain sections of the track safely.”

Eight year old Max Bax said he loved the bootcamp.

“We got a poster at the end of the weekend and got the coaches to sign them,” Max said.

Mark Bax said racing strategies were also touched on with the young group.

“The senior guys were taught more advanced racing techniques and strategies.

“The bootcamp is also to train the riders to become physically and mentally fit, not only to teach the younger riders techniques and to support the older riders to change bad or dangerous habits,” Bax said.

Oates had come last year to train the group but due to the large amount of participants he bought another coach with him.

The professional motocross champions and coaches travelled to Mount Isa from Melbourne and South Australia.

Oates has competed in the Motocross Nationals since 2006 and Jordan Waters joined the OatesMX coaching team in 2016.

“We were more than grateful that they came to teach us, they usually train athletes who are trying to get on the National level.”

“We are still a new club with a lot of beginners,” Bax said.

On Sunday May 27 the Mount Isa Motocross Club will hold their first race day.

“We will be having an opening ceremony at around lunchtime because we have a new track and we want to acknowledge our sponsors too.”

HIGH JUMP: Jayden Etherington

HIGH JUMP: Jayden Etherington