Motocross

Dylan Leary Reigns Supreme in China

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Tasmanian Motocross racer Dylan Leary has made a great return to competitive racing, winning the 2013 Chinese International Invitational event held on Sunday the 20th of October in China.

Leary who is on his way back from two major injury set backs that have seen him sidelined for over 12 months returned to racing action by winning both races in the Chinese event where he went head to head against seven other international riders including fellow Australian Jed Beaton.

The event was something that was not on Leary's radar until he received a phone call from Bruce Wilkinson who invited Leary to join Beaton with the duo lining up aboard identical Honda CRF250R's.

"I got a call from Bruce Wilkinson about two weeks before the event, asking if I would be interested in going over to an international race in China and represent Australia along side Jed Beaton" Leary explained.

"I was 100% keen straight up! I thought it would be a good experience racing guys I've never raced before. Also racing in a different country and the fact I haven't done any big races this year because of my injuries was even more of an incentive to go.

"There were eight Honda 250's, all identical. There was 2 guys from Germany, 2 from New Zealand, 1 from Italy and 2 Australians including myself. We all got a bike each, it was good all having the same bike as there was no faster or slower bikes. All the rest of the local riders had their own bikes," Leary added.

With no expectations heading into the event he knew little about, Leary was pleasantly surprised when he returned back to the pits after qualifying to find out he had qualified with the fastest time.

"I had no idea what to expect how I would go," Leary continued. "We had a 25 minute practice first up on the Saturday, I felt okay in that, but I could tell the other boys there were going to be hard to beat. In qualifying I put in a few decent laps, I thought I would be around top three to five, but when I got in I looked and I was 1st, and Jed Beaton was 2nd!
It has been a long time on the sidelines for Dylan Leary after his break out year at the MX Nationals in the Under 19s class back in 2012 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Leary continued his good form when racing got underway and went head to head with Beaton in both races and was able to narrowly beat his Australian team-mate for the overall win.

"I was 2nd in to the corner and made the pass for the lead straight away." 19 year old Leary commented regarding the start of the first moto. "I had Jed Beaton on me for about 15 minutes then I slowly pulled a little gap and won race one.

"Race two was a hectic race, I was 4th out of turn one but by the end of the 1st lap I was in the lead. I then made a little mistake and Jed Beaton uncorked a good block pass on me and I got sent back to 4th.

"I made my way back past the New Zealand and Italian riders about four laps later and Jed Beaton had checked out! I chased him the full 30 minutes and on the final lap I made the pass and got the win in Moto two.

While Leary was happy to win the event, it is the memories gained from the whole experience that will stay with him forever and if the opportunity to race in China again comes his way, there is no doubt he will jump at the opportunity.

"The experience was amazing. The amount of people that want photos with you is crazy, the Chinese just love it!

"The crowd was so loud, I could even hear them through my helmet while racing. I would love to go again!" Leary concluded.

Top Image: Dylan Leary stands on top of the podium at the 2013 Chinese International Invitational Race.

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