Tyler Battams is the toast of junior motocross after grabbing first place in the 50cc 7-9-years category at the Junior Dirt Track Australian championship on Sunday, July 16. The event was held in Midura.
Tyler will turn 10 in January 2018 and is a member of the Mud n Tars Motorcycle Club.
President of the Mud n Tars Motorcycle Club Simon Pitman said he was proud of Tyler’s performance.
“Tyler rides all dirt track at Mud n Tars and been racing at the club since he was seven-years-old,” Simon said.
“He beat youngsters from all over the country, who rode the best bikes going around. We try to support our kids to race at state and national titles and get so excited when they achieve so much.”
It is a family affair behind the success of Tyler with parents Matt and Amanda and sister Montana giving support.
“We are proud of whatever Tyler does,” Matt said.
“We are interlinked with the Mud n Tars Motorcycle Club and they are a great club and made up of lovely people.
“Tyler was on a bike since he was in nappies and has a deep heritage in motor sport. His uncle competes in the United States in the NHRA, which is top dual dragsters. Tyler was on a quad bike at two, a pee wee at three and by the time he was four, he was at the Sidewinders Junior Speedway Club at Wingfield riding a TTR 50cc.”
At six-years-old, Tyler went to motocross and rode in the Demo class and at seven he raced the full year at state motocross titles. In 2016 he won the South Australian 50cc dirt track title in Victor Harbor and went to Victoria and won the state 50cc dirt track title there.
Tyler is a student at Willunga Primary School, who wears glasses and is half blind in one eye. The national title win is quite an achievement for a youngster who overcomes such obstacles.
Other youngsters competing from the Mud n Tars club at the championships were Lucius Payne, Montana Battams, Liam May, Joel Wenski and Declan Carberry. All these youngsters and many more will compete at the Mud n Tars Motorcycle Club headquarters at Day Road, Victor Harbor in September at the SA state title on August 10.