Callan Broskie managed, just before the Covid-19 lockdown kicked in, to fulfil a dream and race his motorbike at the famous Daytona circuit in the United States.He travelled to Florida in March to race in the Ricky Carmichael Supercross series, against the top American riders, and from around the world, and he did very well in that company.
Supercross is an American Motocross category and Callan raced a Husqvarna 125 in the 125 Schoolboy and 125A classes. He came 20th in the Schoolboy class and 18th in the 125A, having come through the qualifying rounds, which was an excellent showing given the quality of the opposition.
“I was very happy with my performance,” he said. “Many of the top American riders were there and all of them are actually professionals. They ride seven days a week and either do home schooling or have given up on school altogether, hoping to become fulltime professionals.”
Callan, in contrast, practices twice a week, at most, and in South Africa they don’t race very weekend. “I do well here,” he said. “I regularly finish in the top five in the races I compete in, but Motocross is really only a hobby for me. I love the sport and will definitely carry on riding, but there is no professional circuit here.”
Callan is in grade 10 and intends studying at University when he finishes school. “I’m happy at Jeppe. My friends are all very impressed by what I am achieving and the school supported me with my schoolwork when I had to take time off to go to the States,” he said.
He services and maintains his own bike, although he does have a mechanic as well, and he is learning valuable motor mechanic skills. “I love being involved. I’ve taken a few falls and have the scars to show for it, but thankfully nothing serious.”
Racing has started again in South Africa, following the lockdown, and Callan has done quite well so far. “We are hoping to go to the States at the end of the year again to race in one of their series events, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.