TYE Shaw is itching to get back onto the CQ MotoCross circuit, but a broken collar bone means he will miss the first two rounds.
The Biloela Dirt Rider member enjoyed a successful 2017 and had big hopes of a higher finish this year, until injury struck.
Tye busted his collar during a training run at the Rockhampton track and won't be back on the bike until the end of March.
The number weekends he spends on the road competing will also be reduced as he recently started a new job which involves shiftwork.
Tye has been racing competitively for two years, turning his love of riding motorbikes into a serious pursuit.
Last year, after numerous podium finishes, Tye went into the final of the Central Highlands series at Middlemount leading the 250cc class until his bike died in the first race.
He didn't get any points from the race, however, another rider in a different class lent him their bike for the remaining three races and he was able to earn enough points to finish third in the series.
"It was really disappointing," Tye said.
"But that's racing, anything can happen at the drop of a hat."
During 2017 Tye clocked up plenty of miles - not only on the track, but on the bitumen stretches between each meeting.
Races in the CQMX Series are held at Emerald, Clermont, Gladstone, Mackay, Moranbah, Rockhampton and Biloela.
He also competed in the Central Highlands series with races at Emerald, Middlemount, Dysart, Clermont and Blackwater - where he finished third in the 250cc class and fourth in the 450 class.
He also competed in various interclub series and finished second in Orange to Ocean group (Mundubbera, Biloela, Gladstone and Bundaberg); first in the Reef 2 Beef group (Rockhampton and Yeppoon) and second in the Ocean to Motion series (Yeppoon, Biloela, Rockhampton and Gladstone)
Tye said there were races nearly every weekend and it involved a lot of travel and expense, but it was something that he absolutely loved doing.
"It is not just the enjoyment of racing bikes, but the mateship of the motocross people that I meet at different towns and the way they encourage each other and help each other out that keeps you going and make this sport so great.
"With support and sponsorship from Flat Filters and Biloela Bobcats made the racing season run that much more smoother."
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