Callum’s state title
Wednesday, 24th September, 2014
By Ethan James
He rode bruised and boggy but seemingly nothing could get in the way of youngster Callum Dodimead en route to taking out a motocross state title.
The 17-year-old was recently crowned South Australian State Champion in MX2 intermediate category.
What made the title even more impressive is that it is Callum's first year as a senior rider.
The championships began in March, with five rounds held in Adelaide, Port Augusta, Keith, Renmark and Crystal Brook throughout the year.
He led from the very first round and had the title wrapped up with one race to go, finishing a total of 42 points clear at the end of the Crystal Brook event.
Callum, who claimed two state titles as a junior, bypassed C Grade straight to the intermediate category.
He said the step up in standard was a shock and huge learning curve.
The wet conditions at the first four events were in stark contrast to terrain in the Far West.
"Fitness-wise and bike set up were the two biggest things," Callum said.
"The tracks were also heaps rough when compared to previous tracks I've raced on.
"But it's still the most fun I've had on a bike."
But it wasn't without its fair share of drama.
Callum came unstuck in a race at Port Augusta, careering over the front of the handlebars.
"He smashed it over the bar something vicious at a pretty high speed," his father Dale recalled.
"He rode injured all day and had difficulties with vision because he had sand in his eyes.
"Couldn't even start the motorcycle really but he toughed it out.
"He was flat out getting his leg over the seat."
He managed to finish second in a shortened threelap race, with the points proving crucial in the hunt for the championship.
With the motocross scene experiencing a revival in Broken Hill, a greater number of riders are hitting the road to compete.
Callum said being part of a dedicated group of local riders who travel the country had its perks.
"It definitely makes it more enjoyable," he said.
"To have them there cheering you on, parents and riders in the juniors and seniors ... it means a lot."
There are also material benefits, with a crew of Broken Hill helping Callum get across the line at a race in Renmark.
The youngster suffered a flat tyre in the third race but managed to finish in first place thanks to the helping hands of many Silver City residents at the race.
Along with a handful of other families, Callum rode in a two-day race at Robinvale last weekend.
Next year, he'll progress to the A Grade level and take on riders who compete at a national level.
"I've been riding too long to get nervous... it's all just good fun," Callum said.