Super Cooper flies to title win

AFTER dominating the Australian junior supercross ranks and getting a taste of internationalcompetition in 2015,Woodrising teenager Cooper Pozniak is eyeing the fast track to his American dream.

This month Pozniak capped a superb first season of supercross with victory in the fifth and final round of the Australian junior series in Melbourne on December 5.It was the 16-year-old’s fourth round win of the year and secured him the junior lites (13-16 years) division.

A broken chain in race one of round four atJimboomba, Queensland, in November was the only setback for Pozniak, who recovered to finish fourth at the event.

He also won the support series, the two-stop arenacross, with victories at Bathurst and Melbourne.

After leaving school this year to focus on his sport, Pozniak was thrilled to dominate in his rookie season.

“It’s awesome,” Pozniak said.“All the training this year has paid off. It’s been really good.

“Supercross areshorter races andmore technical courses than motocross and justyou can’t makes any mistakes.If you do you’re going to crash and hurt yourself really bad.”

He took on the supercross circuit after winning his first national motocross title in 2014, which camejust15 weeks after he broke both legs in a race mishap.

Pozniak will switch back to motocross full-time in 2016 to debut intheunder-19sof the 10-stop national series. He is hoping to make an instant impression and secure a ride in the US.

“It will be my rookie year and I’ll be younger than everyone else but hopefully I can go in there and get some podiums,” he said.“Hopefully I can catch some eyes of people for the next year.I really want to go over to America, that would be awesome. That’s always been my No.1 goal, to move over thereand race.”

Pozniak had his first taste of international competition in July when he finished 16that theworld junior motocross titles in Spain, and is he hungry for more.

“It was a real eye-opener and I’m going to try to go over and race in it again next year when it’s in Russia,” he said.

“The competition is so much harder over there. Everyone is fast, so you’ve got to be on your toes every single lap.

“It’s a good learning curve just seeing how good everyone is and how fast you have to be to win.”

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