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Privateer Profile Brock Winston

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Brock Winston is a rider who has been on the national scene for quite a while now. The Queenslander has always had great speed and has shown glimpses of what he is truly capable off over the past few years, but has yet to put a full season together.

Late last year, Winston raced the final round of the MX Nationals aboard a KTM 250 two stroke in the 2 stroke cup and impressed with a tightly fought second place overall, finishing behind sand specialist and top ten MX1 contender Dean Porter.

Then earlier this year Winston got a call up from the CMR RedBull KTM team in New Zealand to fill in for Kayne Lamont who injured himself in the lead up to the NZ Championships.

Winston once again impressed, rounding out the championship second overall, finishing behind JCR Yamaha rider, Scott Columb.

With no ride still coming his way for the start of the Australian season, Winston hit the road and rocked up to round one at Raymond Terrace as a privateer with some support from personal sponsors.

He did not waste any time in showing the teams he was a rider that they had overlooked, racing forward in the opening moto to finish in fourth place before putting in another solid top ten finish in moto 2.

However bigger things were on the horizon. After contemplating not racing round two, Winston decided to make the big trip by himself from Queensland to South Australia.

With no real plans for the race weekend and no one to even pit board for him, Jason Daniels from LKI, one of Winston's biggest supports, jumped in to lend Winston a hand with pit board duties for the day.

By days end, the choice to make the trip to Murray Bridge paid off for Winston. A second place finish in moto one, followed by a come from behind sixth place finish in moto 2, Winston found himself on the podium for the first time ever in a Pro Class at Australia's biggest Motocross series, the Monster Energy MX Nationals.

We caught up with Winston, to see if that smile that was beaming form his face on Sunday was still there and what it will take for him to make it to all the remaining races in 2013.
Brock Winston's good form started at the end of 2012 during the two stroke cup at Columb - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Fullnoise: First up, congrats on your first ever podium finish in the MX2 class, how did it feel to finally achieve something you have always aimed for

Winston: It was the best feeling to have achieved a podium result. Ive always known I could do it, I just worked a few things out lately with my riding and seems to be working for me.

Fullnoise: You could not wipe the smile off your face after the second moto on Sunday, it is a few days later now, are you still smiling and has it really sunk in what you have achieved.

Winston: Yeah I know I could not stop smiling, I was just so pumped with that. Ive worked hard for alot of years and do it with not a heap of support so it just makes it a even bigger achievement for me.

Fullnoise: You drove yourself from Queensland to Murray Bridge, no one else with you, no mechanic on hand, not even anyone to pit board for you. A ture privateer effort in every sense.

Explain to us How hard is it to get through a race day on your own, from preparing your own gear and goggles to washing your bike between motos.

Winston: I drove from Queensland and did the trip alone. Its a long drive but I made it worth it for myself.

It's very tough to get through the day alone you know. As soon as I come in from the track I just try get everything done as soon as possible. I prep as much stuff as I can before the day so it quicker and easier on me.

That is just the position I am in and I suppose you just do what you got to do. I did have Jason from LKI who was good enough to give me a hand with a few things on Sunday, so he definitely made it a bit easier for me too.
Winston got his 2013 Australian season off to a great start at round one, moto one with a fourth place finish - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Fullnoise: you do have some sponsors on board this year, including Jason Daniels from LKI who ran your pit board for you on the weekend. How important are the sponsors like LKI and those other personal sponsors and supporters that help you out in 2013

Winston: I have some really cool sponsors this year like Jason from LKI who was a awesome help to me on Sunday.

I also have KTM who have definatly stepped up and helped me a lot along with Pro Motorcycles, Alias gear, M2R, Motorex, Kustom MX and Cannon from CMR Red Bull KTM in New Zealand, he has been a huge help to me this year.

Also 100% goggles, Off Road race A.J Roberts (Three Six Motorsports) who has been helping so much with my bike set up too this year. He is definitely a big reason my results have changed a lot in the past six months.

Also my friends and family have all stepped up and are there for me too.

Fullnoise: We spoke at the end of the day on Sunday and you said you have changed your approach to riding this year and have also gained some valuable advice from none other than Todd Waters. How have you changed things up this year and what was the advice waters gave you?

Winston: I have changed my approach to racing this year a lot. When I went to New Zealand earlier this year I was having fun and just being more relaxed about things and it worked for me there so I stuck with it.

Todd helped me with some things in New Zealand and is always happy to give advice. We just talk about racing in general and he gave me advice to just not worry about what anyone else is doing and said to me to start believing in myself because I can ride so well with him when we train so there is no reason I can't do the same on race day.
Winston was on fire at Murray Bridge a 2nd place, followed by a come from behind 6th place finish secured his first Pro Podium - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Fullnoise: Like most privateers you work full time and as a concreter no less, how hard is it to put in the hours training and the bike time you need while also working full time

Winston: It's definitely hard just to not only fit all the riding and training in but also the time to get everything ready to go race.

I get up early everyday and go to bed late every night and try and get it done. But at the end of the day I think it makes you a stronger person just having to work for what you want so its good in a way.

Fullnoise: 2013 has been a great to you so far, with a 2nd overall in the New Zealand Championships and currently up the pointy end in the Australian MX2 championship.

However you are still not 100% sure if you can afford to make race every round of the Nationals this year, what will it take for you to make it to every round in 2013.

Winston: Its by far been my best season to date and to be honest It was probably going to be my last if I didn't start performing better.

I am trying my hardest to get to all the rounds this year. I want to be there and be there until the end but I just have to play it round by round and hopefully get through. Its not the cheapest sport in the world to do!

Fullnoise: Thanks for your time Brock, and the best of luck at the remaining rounds of the series, hopefully we see you at the remaining eight rounds of the season.

Winston: Cheers dude.

The good news is Winston is a certain starter this weekend at Wonthaggi, choosing to take a week away from work and spend the week riding and training with Kirk Gibbs and Todd Waters in Mount Gambier this week.

After Wonthaggi Brock needs to go back to work back in Queensland, but is hopeful that he will be able to afford to enter and make the trip back to Victoria two weeks later for round four at Broadford.

Top Image: Winston stands on the podium for the first time in the MX2 class at Murray Bridge
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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