Last week (April 1- 2), 14 year old Broc Pearson headed to Malaysia to try out for the Asia Dream Cup. Broc is Queensland’s current #9 Dirt Plate holder, and tells us about his first experience into Road Racing on the international stage:
About three months ago I spoke to a man from Honda Australia called Paul Free about trying to find a direction for my Road Racing.
Paul recommended we talk to Ron Hogg who lives in Malaysia and is involved in the Asia Road Racing Championship. I spoke to Ron who asked me to fill out an application for the Asia Dream Cup.
I was accepted to go and try out at the testing over two days of six 25 minute sessions on April 1 -2. I looked at the last year’s times which were around the 1:20 - 1:25 so I knew I had to be in the middle.
On the first session, I just wanted to get a feel for the bikes and the track and I turned a lap of 1:27. At the end of the first day I had got my times down to the 1:25. It was a great day of learning and meeting all the new crew and the riders, also setting the bike up to how I like it. I also got sized up for leathers, helmets and boots.
On the second day I was able to knock another two seconds off my time to get into the 1:23. I was really proud of how I rode and the improvement I made showed that I can keep getting better.
I received an email on Monday night (April 6) saying that I have being accepted to ride for the Asia Dream Cup for the rest of the year, including six rounds starting at Malaysia in two weeks, then off to Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Qatar then back to Thailand.
I'm looking forward to a great year and wouldn't have been able to get this far without the help of my family, my coach Bernie Hatton and all of my sponsors!
Hoping for a great year!
Other Queenslanders who tested in Malaysia include:-
Queenslander Mitch Kavney also tested for the Dream Cup. Mitch had a bit of trouble on Day 2 after dislocating his shoulder, but continued to ride through to the afternoon.
Callum Spriggs tested for the Asia Road Race Championships and will be heading into the champs in a fortnight’s time. Callum too sustained injury at the Sepang Circuit, after he crashed on Day 3. Callum hurt his back, ankle and fractured his tailbone, but looks forward to Round 1. Keep up to date on Callum’s Facebook page here.
Motorcycling Queensland wishes Broc and the rest of the Aussie team the best of luck in Asia this year.