AN opportunity to sponsor a budding motorcyclist is up for grabs in Hinchinbrook.
Fifteen-year-old Chayse Sellick is currently third in the Queensland Offroad Championships.
The Ingham State High student has been riding motorbikes since the age of two.
He dominated the Townsville Enduro Club league for years and has now taken the next step to compete at state level.
Chayse said: ‘I’m trying to get somewhere a bit bigger. There’s more people. More competition.
‘It’s the first time I haven’t been on the podium – it doesn’t feel natural.’
The teenager has competed in five races and is third in the overall standings.
His father Darren could not be more dedicated, driving him thousands of kilometres up and down the state to compete.
Chayse is racing in Townsville today and his final state competition of the season is on 3 October in Goondiwindi on the New South Wales border, which is a 16-hour drive from Hinchinbrook.
He added: ‘My dad has a big influence on my career. He shows me never to give up.’
The talented motorcyclist is as headstrong as they come.
He hit a tree in his last state race – cracking a $400 helmet – but was soon geared up and back on his bike.
Some of his races involve scrambling among other riders, something Chayse says he enjoys.
‘Everyone is so close to you. [When I came off] I was just sitting there and thinking “I have to get back to it”.
‘I’m competing against people who are at the highest level – the best in Queensland and Australia.
‘You see what skills you need to work on and how they ride.’
His father Darren said: ‘He couldn’t be more dedicated. They’re long drives but that’s the competition he needs if he’s going to get to the next level.
‘He’s doing well and we want to give him every opportunity to get the highest level he can.’
Chayse will have another season of competing at under-16 level next year.
He rides a $13,000 KTM 250 EXCF and has $500 boots and a $400 helmet.
Up to this point he has been funded by his parents, but they say he would be proud to advertise a Hinchinbrook business by putting stickers on his bike.