Cordell third in WA speedway titles
A JOURNEY of 4346km is a long way to go for five minutes of racing.
But the trip was worth it for Cordell Rogerson, who finished third in the under-16 Western Australian state titles at Pinjar Speedway.
The Coolabunia 12-year-old punches well above his weight on the 125cc motorcycles, racing competitors four years older then him.
He won the B-grade final to secure a spot in the A-grade event in WA.
Racing out of gate four, Cordell managed to scoot around the pack to lead the final race during the early stages.
"I got a great start, but into turn four I ran a bit wide and got caught on the dirt and couldn't turn it back in," Cordell said
"The start is the most important part, because it's only four laps."
Running wide may have cost the rider a higher finish, but Cordell said he will use what he learnt in the next race meeting.
And the next meet is a big one, the Queensland state title to be held in Ipswich this weekend.
Cordell's mechanic, his dad Simon Rogerson, said they competed at Queensland titles last year, but didn't have much success.
"It was a new track for us, so we didn't know how to ride it or what to do with the bike set-up," Rogerson said.
Cordell said he would go into the weekend with a wealth of experience after some top results this year.
"The third in New South Wales (state titles) and the third in WA were my favourites," he said.
"Probably the New South Wales was my best. There were some good riders."
And Rogerson said Cordell was learning not only about racing but how to set the bike up for better performances.
"We don't spend much time in the house. He's always in the shed with me tinkering with the bikes."
"He helps me rebuild them to know how to give feedback when we are racing."
- Cordell goes through a rear tyre every race meet.
- He rides a 125cc speedway bike with no brakes.
- The bike reaches speeds of about 50kmh.
- Cordell has raced in 23 race meetings this year.
- He has ridden competitively for three years.