Bermagui racer Reid Battye is an Australian Super Bike Champion.
Reid, 16, has locked in the top spot of the [up to] 300cc division of the championship with one round to spare after winning the round at Sydney’s Motorsport Park last weekend.
“When I crossed the line in first place and I knew I had won the championship, I was over the moon,” Reid says, “but the real thrill and exhilaration kicked in when I rode in and my whole family and team were waiting for me.”
“I can’t thank my Mum, Dad and Sister enough for the hard work they do just to get me to events and be by my side every step of the way.”
BC Performance team manager Kelvin Reilly said “Having Reid on board with our junior team has been fantastic, he is definitely a talent to look out for in the future”
Officials said it was a tremendous finish for the young gun, and said Reid was clearly ecstatic to seal the win in the penultimate round.
However, the Bermagui youngster said he could never have done it alone and was overwhelmed with the support of his family and the entire Far South Coast.
“I’m so grateful to have such community support behind me, it means so much everyone getting behind me and following my career,” he said.
Reid also thanked FSC biking advocate Glenn Cotter and his grand parents for their support and attending a number of the race meets.
”Glenn always believes in me and has been helping out where he can, there are no words to express how grateful I am,” he said.
”I also have to thank my sponsor Ficeda Accessories, nothing would be possible without you guys, thanks so much.”
The win is a huge result for the youngster, who has signed on with the Kawasaki factory team on a three-year deal.
“Signing with BC Performance – Rouse Hill Landscapes is a really great opportunity for me – not only do they provide me with an excellent bike, but they’re like another family to me,” Reid said.
“Having that calibre of people behind me gives me great confidence in what I do and I can’t thank the guys enough.”
Reid will finish on top even if he chose not to compete at the final round in Phillip Island in two weeks.
The team is backing Reid’s ability and is setting the young gun up on a 600cc bike for next season.
“I can confirm that he will hopefully be riding a 600 with our team next year,” Reilly said.
Battye, who is also contesting the Asia Talent Cup said it was an exciting prospect to look at stepping up into the Motul Supersport class.
“I’m already so pumped for next season to throw a leg over the Kawasaki ZX-6R and hopefully I can get some more good results,” Reid said.