Tom to tackle enduro titles

Queensland’s number two enduro rider, Tom McCormack, will again be aboard a Yamaha machine when he tackles the national and state enduro and off-road events next season.

McCormack, 17, from Byron Bay, will be sponsored by Yamaha Motor Australia and will contest the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) and Mackay Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) aboard a YZ250F and Queensland races on the YZ450F.

He quickly established himself among the best in the country in his first year in the senior ranks, scoring second in the 2010 Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championship and third in the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) Championship E1 Class.

“I wanted to stay with Yamaha because their bikes are second to none, and riding a blue bike will give me the best possible chance at achieving my goals next season,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to the year. My main goal is to have fun and do the best I can.

“The E1 Class is gonna be a hard one next year, but I’m just gonna give it everything I’ve got.

“I learnt a lot this year. Had a few up and downs, but I know I have the speed to race with the top guys.

“In the next few months I just have to knuckle down and get my speed and consistency up, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

“I recently raced in New Zealand and really enjoyed it. I might go back over next year, as I’d like to do their national series.

“It will depend on the calendar, though. My main focus will be the Yamaha AORC, the A4DE, all the Queensland races and as many of the New South Wales Sprint Series rounds as possible.”

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