18-year-old Jarred Brook, made a dream start to his international racing career, picking up three AMA No. 1 Championship plates and bagging the coveted Horizon Award at the 2016 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships, in Du Quoin, Illinois.
The six-day event tested all four disciplines of U.S. dirt-track racing, with points earned from Short Track, Half Mile, Mile and T.T., events being used to determine the overall Grand Champions.
With just three Horizon Awards given annually to the most outstanding rider in road racing, dirt track and motocross disciplines, Brook, who hails from Gympie in Queensland, became the first international rider to win the American Motorcyclist Association’s most prestigious amateur award.
“All I was hoping to do was to make the main events, instead of that, I came away winning three out of three AMA Championships. I am absolutely honoured to have won this (Horizon) Award,” said Brook.
Fellow Queenslander, 15-year-old Max Whale, stepped up to the 450F machine while stateside and impressed many by winning the Modified 450cc Mile main event. While another Aussie, David Scullard, also had success on the Du Quoin Mile, winning the Veteran 30+ Main, riding a J&M Rotax 676. Stephen Hope.