Current leader of the Kawasaki Insurances FX300 Ninja Cup, Luke Burges, has proved that he still has what it takes to champion his KX250F to the top step of the podium in Dirt Track competition. Edge of the seat viewing was on offer in a battle royal with a world class line-up including Moto3 GP racer Danny Kent, MotoGP racer Jack Miller and a selection of North Queensland’s finest Dirt Track racing talent.
Luke Burgess was all-in as he competed in the Senior Pro Lites as well as the Senior Pro Open A Grade. Both classes were made up of 6 rounds meaning that Luke had endured a total of 12 intense battles.
The Senior Pro Open A Grade Saw Luke line up his KX250F against larger 450cc & 500cc motocrossers. Persistence and skill prevailed as Luke managed to swiftly come away with 5 wins and 1 second place giving him the class victory.
“I had an amazing time catching up with Jack Miller and meeting Danny Kent. Having the opportunity to compete with them was a huge highlight,” said Burgess who raced against Miller throughout his junior career but hasn't competed against him since 2008. "It was just like the old days," he said. "It was a good reminder for everyone that this is where we all started from."
Lef to right - Jack Miller, Luke Burgess and Danny Kent.
“The event its self was great for flat track racing. A lot of local riders competed, as well as a lot from up and down the east coast," Burgess said.
Mackay Kawasaki’s Junior supported rider, Daniel Person, raced at the same event and won his first ever 65cc race on his Kawasaki KX65. Luke Burgess has been coaching the 9 year old Mackay local for 12 months and said, “I’m so proud of Daniel, he has a natural ability and this won't be the first time his determination pays off.”
Luke will step back into his road racing efforts with his next race in the Kawasaki Insurances FX300 Ninja Cup at round four of the Australasian Superbike Championship held in Queensland from August 14-16.