Queensland KTM Dirt Tracker, Jarred Brook, is the first international rider to win the prestigious American Motorcyclist Association Horizon Award, recognising America’s best amateur Dirt Tracker, while winning three out of three AMA Grand Championships at Illinois on July 1 – 6.
Competing at the 2016 Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, Jarred raced against the best of the best for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which recognises the rider best prepared for the professional ranks based on performances.
In his first trip to compete overseas, 18-year-old Jarred said he never expected to win a championship let alone the Horizon Award.
“It was my first time competing internationally and all I was hoping was to make the main events at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships and learn what I could,” he says.
“Instead, I’ve come away winning three out of three national AMA amateur Grand Championships and the highly regarded Horizon Award.
“I couldn’t be happier with my performances or the way my stock standard KTM 450SXF performed and I’m so grateful to my family, friends and sponsors who have helped support me, both in the States and at home.”
Riding motorbikes since he was nine years old, the Gympie apprentice carpenter competed in four Dirt Track disciplines over the AMA championship week – Short Track, Half-mile, Mile and TT – with points earned in each discipline determining the national champion in each class.
Established in 1997, AMA Horizon Awards are presented annually by the American Motorcyclist Association to outstanding riders in the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship and the AMA Road Race Grand Championship.
AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant says the Horizon Award goes to one rider who has clearly demonstrated superior skills, and is ready to take the next big career step into the professional ranks.
Having returned to Australia Sunday over the weekend (July 10), Jarred says his focus is now on the Australian, Queensland and NSW Championships.
“In the future I’d like to travel back to America to race a couple of rounds of the AMA Pro Flat Track,” Jarred says.
“My goal has always been to become a professional rider and this year is about pushing myself further, learning what I can and seeing what’s possible.”
Keep up with Jarred’s progress on his Facebook page here.