James Sawdy wins 250cc Australian Long Track titles

TOP RIDE: James Sawdy during the Long Track Titles in Quirindi. Photo: Contributed.
TOP RIDE: James Sawdy during the Long Track Titles in Quirindi. Photo: Contributed.

When you're preparing for a major race of any description, changing your vehicle only a few days before the big event is not usually part of the game plan.

For Blayney's James Sawdy though, hopping onto a brand new KTM 250 was what he needed to do to win the Australian 250cc Long Track Titles Championship.

"Getting the KTM was the right decision to make because it had the extra horsepower and last year the Honda didn't really cut it," he said.

It's not as though he'd been riding the KTM at race meetings for weeks prior to the race either, the championship in Quirindi was the first outing.

"It only had two hours on it from me riding it up and down the paddock, and after that we lowered the suspension and tweaked the engine to make it go faster," he said.

BIG ACHIEVEMENT: James Sawdy has become the Australian 250cc Long Track Title champion.

BIG ACHIEVEMENT: James Sawdy has become the Australian 250cc Long Track Title champion.

The modifications made all the difference and although during the heats he qualified at second place in each heat, it was in the last race that both a touch of fortune and loads of skill played a part in what he describes was a very stressful two minutes of racing.

"I got a really good start and basically led the way from start to finish," he said.

"There were a lot of fast bikes being ridden by fast blokes, but I was lucky. I had clean air in front of me and I could go as fast as I could because I didn't have to go around anyone."

With that momentous race out of the way, Sawdy is now pondering the future and where he'll take his riding to.

"There was a lot of pressure on the line when I won this one, it was a big relief to spend all that money to get here and have it pay off," he said.

"So now we'll be working on the bikes and hopefully we'll be entering into other state titles and eventually the Australian championships again next year."