The need for speed

FAST AND FURIOUS: Australian champion speedway racer Jedd List will compete at the Speedway Youth World Championships in Europe in August.
FAST AND FURIOUS: Australian champion speedway racer Jedd List will compete at the Speedway Youth World Championships in Europe in August.

BECOMING a champion at the age of 15 is no easy feat, but young speedway racer Jedd List won't rest until he becomes the world number one.

The teen is set to battle for glory against 32 of the best speedway racers from around the globe at the FIM Speedway Youth World Championships 250cc in the Czech Republic in August.

List, who is the current Australian number one, placed third after competing in the championships for the first time last year.

"Going last year was a great feeling but this year I know what to expect and I'm a bit more confident,” List said.

"The ultimate thing for me is to win this title... and hopefully I'll be able to ride for Australia again and ride over there in Europe for a living and then eventually race in the grand prix... I want to go all the way.

"I jut love it, the thrill of it and the speed.”

List hails from Harrisville but is living in Chinchilla working for local construction and engineering business Pentacon ,who have recently become one of the teen's major sponsors.

List, who is a favourite to win the championships, took up speedway racing when he was just nine.

"I went to a track in Townsville called Brandon Speedway with my dad. I was watching it and thought 'I wouldn't mind trying that'. So dad bought me a bike, a smaller bike with a smaller engine,” List said.

"I did a training course at that track and then I did my first meeting that night and I've done it for about six years and made it to here.”

His father Clint List said his son has a natural talent for the sport.

"He's a bit special on a motorbike,” he said.

"It's like anyone in sport, there's just those people that are special at it... he's just one of those kids, he can just do it. He'll stand beside grown man and blow them off the park.

"He's the one that's really determined and we've backed him because I have no doubt in my mind he has every opportunity ahead of him.”

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