Jarrod Brook wins four out of five Queensland Long Track Championships on his KTM 250 SX-F and 450 SX-F.
Jarrod, a 19-year-old carpenter from Gympie, won every single heat and final across the weekend, with the exception of one Pro Unlimited final. Battling a quality field from all over Australia, Brook won the Pro Open, Pro 450, MX Open, Pro 250 and U19 classes.
â€œI tried to keep my mind focused and nail my starts every time â€“ it makes it a lot easier when youâ€™re not getting rocks thrown at you!â€ Jarrod said after the meeting.
â€œIâ€™ve done lots of testing on both my 250 and 450 to get the suspension setups 100%, but the engines are basically stock; just cleaned up a little bit and fitted with FMF pipes.Â The KTMs are such good dirt track bikes because of the amount of power out of the box, and the smoothness of that power. In dirt track, trying to go forward is the big thing, so with the smooth power you donâ€™t spin the wheel as much when the dirt inevitably gets pushed wide and it gets slick. The KTMs love the slick tracks when it gets challenging, with the smooth power delivery.â€
Jarrod is also juggling a fledgling road racing career, with his dirt track season. In August he will be back on his KTM RC390 competing in Round 4 of the ASBK titles, in the â€˜Battle of the LAMS bikesâ€™ 300cc class. Adapting his very rear-wheel-steering dirt style to road racing to open up potential career options on the tar is still high on his list of priorities.
â€œIâ€™m getting faster and faster and learning more each time I ride on the tar. Learning how to set it up better, and how to change my style. Itâ€™s pretty hard to compare dirt track to the road bike – theyâ€™re completely different animals to ride! Completely different styles and your actions have to be smoother and more flowing on the tar, you canâ€™t just turn it and point and shoot like a dirt bike.
But we definitely still have an eye on road racing in America or Europe as a career goal.â€ Jarrod said.