Most nine year olds are happy to spend their weekends at home playing with mates, attending birthday parties and helping Mum and Dad with the chores.
But for Cairns motocross rider, Braden Plath, weekends are often spent racing his 50cc or 65cc KTM at speeds up to 65 kilometres an hour and flying over 20 metre jumps. And, for Braden and the entire Plath family, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Braden joined the Cairns Motorcycle Club three years ago when he was six years old after watching the Crusty Demons.
Since then he has taken home a number of titles including 2nd in the National Junior MX Titles in 2014, 1st in the TNQ Titles in 2014, 1st in the Queensland State Titles in 2015 and 1st in the TNQ Titles in 2015.
Recently Braden and his family, including mum Lea, dad Damian and brothers Matthew, 11 and Riley, 6, travelled to Bunbury, WA for Braden to compete in the Australian Titles where our local superstar placed 4th.
In addition to competing in motocross events across the state and even the country six months of the year, Braden also enjoys wakeboarding and playing FUTSAL. Braden’s brothers also participate in sport and Lea and Damian own a local business as well.
For the Plath family, being busy is the norm. The family often spend the weekends on the road travelling to Mareeba, Tully, Ravenshoe and beyond for races.
“It is very family orientated,” Lea explains. “We spend weekends camping for events and at the end for the race, we sit back and relax with the other families.”
Braden receives assistance from a number of local companies including Ray White Real Estate, Parramatta Service Centre and Wayne Leonards Motorcycles. There is a lot of safety gear including clothes, boots, neck braces, knee braces, helmets, goggles and gloves. Braden rides both a 50cc and 65cc KTM and usually trains at least once or twice a week during the race season.
So what drives Braden’s passion for motocross?
“You get to go really fast!” he tells PakMag excitedly. And while he has taken a few spills, the sport definitely comes with excitement and its share of ups and downs. The young daredevil reaches intense speeds of 65 kilometres an hour on his bike.
Yes, it may take a village of support in terms of mechanics, logistics and equipment, but it’s all too clear from watching Braden’s eyes light up when he talks about motocross, that it is more than worth it.
“I would highly recommend it,” Lea adds. “It may not just be a sport; it’s a lifestyle. But it’s a fun one at that.”
For anyone with children interested in motocross, the Cairns Motorcycle Club is your first stop. It has been in operation for over 10 years and the club hosts races throughout the year at its Edmonton track as well as other locations in the Far North area. You can find our more through the Cairns MX Club Facebook Page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.