Most two-year-old children struggle to run, let alone get up on a bike. But this wasn’t the case for Broc Taylor.
Now aged eight, Broc began his motorbike journey with a dummy in his mouth and is now competing at national level.
Sponsored by Peter Stevens Motorcycles of Ringwood, Broc has come on in leaps and bounds, largely due to the support from father Mick and coach Joe Stevens. Competing in Victorian titles throughout the year and nationals in September, Mick believes the sky is the limit for Broc.
“My older boy rides as well, so for Broc the bike was just there, we slapped the training wheels on it and off he went,” Mick says.
This is his second year of competition and he’s had mixed results in the Vics. But the class he’s racing in is for kids up to 12 years old and if he gets a good start he’s good enough for the top 10.”
Broc rides two different bikes, both 65 and 50cc classes, and trains on many different styles of track, including clay, gravel and sand. The potential for Broc is obviously high and coach Joe Stevens has a key role to play in helping him reach it.
“I run a race team and coach a program out of Peter Stevens. My company is M.A.D (moto-x athlete development), it’s a coaching pro- gram for the sport, and through the store we have a support program for kids like Broc we run coaching and racing and the store provides the gear and the bikes,” Joe says.
“We do weekly training sessions across different tracks in the South East, we were in Mildura last weekend to race, basically we just have to follow the races as they come. He’s winning at club level already, but obviously the level jumps when it gets to nationals.”
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Broc was destined to become a star on a bike; it’s in his blood, after all. Mick was a keen rider throughout his childhood and Broc’s brother was also quick to take to motorbikes as well.
Broc is obviously going places, but for now it can still be about the simple pleasures.
“I love jumping because it’s a lot of fun and the hardest bit is to ride fast through muddy places. I want to be a pro,” Broc says.
When asked if he was scared at all about being on the bike, Broc’s answer was an emphatic “no” and even though he’s only eight, you can’t help but believe it.