CHAMPION: Cordell Rogerson took out the Queensland longtrack 500cc slider title.
CHAMPION: Cordell Rogerson took out the Queensland longtrack 500cc slider title. Contributed

Sliding to state title success

MOTOR SPORT: On track at the Queensland longtrack titles, Kingaroy's Cordell Rogerson knew he would have a good chance of stepping on the podium.

But claiming the 500cc slider class title win surprised the Year 12 Kingaroy State High School student in his first major competition in the slider class.

"I thought I would be on the podium but to get the win was good,” he said.

The junior speedway rider said that while slider bikes have a rear shock and gearbox and are raced on a bigger track they are the same concept to the bikes that he grew up riding on which played to his advantage.

He rode well all day in his five heats finishing in second place in the first heat and crossing the line in first in four heats to take the overall win.

The win is a feather in the cap for the speedway rider who is no stranger to scoring a place at a state championship on his speedway bike.

He will be back on the speedway bikes when he returns to North Brisbane for a club date in two weeks time.

This will be an opportunity for Cordell to play with different bike and engine set-ups on the 500cc speedway bike.

It is his first year stepping up from the 250cc bike to 500cc class and he is embracing and enjoying the challenge.

"It is heaps better to ride there is more power and you can do what you want with it,” Cordell said.

Cordell said he was pleased with the result and couldn't have done it without the support of the amazing sponsors and supporters that are in his corner.

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