Cole Davies is making his mark on the demanding sport of motocross, at the age of 13.
The Ōrewa College student has a few advantages in the sport – a practice course on his family’s Waitoki farm, a father who was a motocross rider, and starting early – Cole first got on a motocross bike when he was just four years old.
Right from the start, he began winning national competitions, and he is a current NZ junior champion in the 85cc class. He was national runner-up in the 125cc class.
Last month he competed for Ōrewa College in the interschool Motocross Challenge in Rotorua, winning both the 85cc and 150cc (12-16 years) events, and coming second in the 125/250cc class (12-14 years).
“Fun” is at the top of his list of why he plans to continue in the sport, but he also enjoys competing. Supercross, which includes jumps, is a favourite.
Riders must be fit and strong to control the bike at speed but there are inevitable spills and broken bones. Over the years Cole has had his share of injuries, breaking both legs, both wrists and a shoulder.
Currently he is preparing for the next competition in Ruakaka in July.