HARLEY Quinlan needs a miracle.
The former Biloela motocross rider is in second place in the under-19s national championship.
There is one round remaining on what is now Quinlan's home track at Coolum, for him to overtake his GYTR/ Yamaha Development Team colleague Luke Styke, who has a 43 point lead in the championship standings.
“He (Styke) would have to have a pretty bad weekend for me to overtake him,” Quinlan told Central Telegraph.
The former Biloela teenager, now living in Caboolture, said his goal at the start of the season was to win the championship.
“I am happy where I am - I had a slow start,” Quinlan said.
The top two riders in the country competed at round six of the MX Nationals held at the rough, rugged and sandy Wanneroo circuit in Western Australia.
“The Stykinator” claimed the overall round win while 17-year-old Quinlan in his first-ever venture to the deep, bottomless sand went well to finish equal fourth on a countback and only one point from a podium position.
“Everyone had told me how sandy it was, but until you get here, you have no idea.
“This is like nothing I have seen before.
“It's like riding on a beach.
“I had a quick ride the day before and felt OK, but I'm really happy with myself with the way it turned out and I actually enjoyed riding the conditions.
“I wanted to run another moto,” Quinlan said.
He has been in strong form this year, winning two rounds and claiming a third position in another.
He has come a long way since breaking his arm in a crash in round one of the championships last year.
Quinlan appears resigned to taking second spot, although the third-placed rider is only 10 points behind him.
After the Coolum showdown on August 1, Quinlan's attention will turn to his chances for a medal when he represents Australia at the junior world titles in New Zealand in mid-August.
Quinlan will then take part in the Supercross titles.
This will be a new experience as it is indoor racing.
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