Excavator heads to USA for dig at racing professionally

By Chris Dutton
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:27pm, first published May 10 2014 - 1:35pm

He moves dirt to pay the bills, but tears it up for a passion. Canberra excavator and dirt bike rider Ian Hamilton hopes a three-week trip to the United States in July launches his career. Hamilton, 27, will ride on a borrowed bike in national rounds of the US championships. He has been racing dirt bikes in Australian national championships since he was seven and is testing the water abroad to see if he can secure a professional contract for the future. The trip will cost him upwards to $10,000. "I'm sort of doing it on my own at the moment," Hamitlon said. "It's just for experience and to see what happens, hopefully I can go back and ride for a team next year." Hamilton used to race against former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner as a junior and now he's hoping for his own success on the international stage. "The competition is a lot bigger in the US. It's a lot more competitive and there's a lot more prizemoney up for grabs compared to at home. In my three weeks over there, there are eight races I could do. In Australia, there are probably only eight races a year that are worth doing. They pay prizemoney right down to last place for finals and first place is $2000 or $3000. Here, if you get in the top three you get $1000 if you're lucky," he said. Hamilton finished second in the Australian championships last year and has placed in the top five at every Australian titles since he was 16. He is aiming to finally win a breakthrough Australian title at the national championships in Taree next month.

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