HARLEY Quinlan's heart dropped as his body smacked into the hard ground.
But only for a second.
The former Biloela motocross rider, now living on the Sunshine Coast, had just crashed his bike in the final race of the last round in the under-19s national championship at Quinlan's home track at Coolum.
Seventeen-year-old Quinlan, who had been leading the race and desperately wanting to finish on the podium to claim second spot on the championship, quickly jumped back on his bike.
He sprung to his feet, picked up the bike and rejoined the race in third place, hanging on to claim second spot in the title ace by a single point.
“I thought I was gone for a sec,” Quinlan told Central Telegraph.
“Everyone's heart dropped - mine, my mechanic's.
“Mum and dad were spewing.”
It had been a stressful and eventful day for the quick teen.
Quinlan started the round on fire and won the first race comfortably before stalling the bike in moto two and charging all the way back to 20th place and gaining what was to become the most important point of his championship.
“I wasn't going to stop - I didn't give up,” Quinlan said of his near-disastrous second race that provided pivotal.
“I just wanted to win the round today and nail down second in the championship early.
“I was on track after moto one, but moto two was a nightmare when I stalled the bike and I just panicked to get it started.
“Then moto three was just crazy.
“I still did what I came to do but I didn't make it easy for myself,” the teen said.
Quinlan's plans for next year are to step up to the next level the Pro Lites, and hopes to still be with the Yamaha Development Team.
He is hoping to claim the best 18th birthday present of all by winning gold for Australia at the junior world titles in New Zealand in two weeks.
“Number one mate - bloody oath,” Quinlan said of his aim in the land of the long black cloud.
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