Broc Pearson drops in ahead of the penultimate round of the Asia Dream Cup in India
15-year-old Broc Pearson has been enjoying some time at home on the Gold Coast after returning from a frustrating round four of the Asian Road Racing Championship at Sentul in Indonesia.
With two rounds remaining it seems unlikely that anyone can challenge Japanese championship leader Hiroki Nakamura, but Pearson is currently tied for third place in the standings and well within striking distance of stealing second place in the championshi from Malaysian rider Hafiz Nor Azman.
We spoke with the young Queenslander as he prepared to wing his way to India for round five of the Asia Dream Cup series at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi.
Pearson is looking towards his options for 2017 and eventually, of course, hopes to end up on the MotoGP grid.
Broc Pearson on Round 4 of the ARRC and the future
It’s been a long and tough few weeks after returning from Rd 4 of the Asia Road Racing Championship. Indonesia was a very tough round, especially as it wasn’t the results I wanted. I knew something had to be changed though and that’s what I’ve done.
My weight for the CBR250 is not great as I’m quite a tall rider, which is hard down the straights when I’m up against smaller and lighter riders.
I lose a lot of time in these areas so I wanted to try to bring it back. Instead of eating what and how much I thought was right, I have had a professional trainer giving me an everyday food plan now.
I’ve also taken a step back from the gym. I am still going and training hard but not as much, so I can take a couple steps forward in my running and cycling. I have shown huge progress in the last few weeks with my weight as I have come down from 64kg to 59kg. This is a huge confidence boost for me and I can’t wait to race now!
In my time off, I have been doing plenty of riding at my local Xtreme Go Kart Track which has been great as I’m always able to measure my times. There is improvement every week and I’m really starting to feel at home on the CBR.
I’ve also done a couple of practice and race meetings at the Mike Hatcher Junior motorcycle club on the CRF250. Road racing has had a huge impact on my dirt track riding and my style has completely changed. And it feels good to enjoy being back on the dirt and sliding it around.
India is the next stop for the ARRC and gets underway next Friday. I’m very excited to get on the Buddh International Circuit as I’m currently tied third in the championship. The circuit is very long and quite fast, which is not a good match with my height and weight and means I’m going to have to work very hard.
My ultimate goal in India is to stand on the podium in both races. A win would be great and I will take one if it comes but the championship is very tight at the moment and I need to focus on getting consistent high points to try and regain second in the championship.
I have a huge statement to make next weekend as my friends, family, supporters and sponsors have backed me throughout the year and I really haven’t shown my full potential. I plan to do that next weekend and with many people watching, my fingers are crossed I can pick up a ride for 2017.
2017 is an undecided year so far, there are many options but of course without the sponsorship, it just won’t be achievable. There are many paths we are looking into next year, whether it be to remain in ARRC in either the AP250 or the SS600 class, try the World SBK 300 support class, or the 300 Production or 600 class in the ASBK.
I am in major need of some support to keep my future on track and anyone out there who would like to join my journey on the path to MotoGP, please contact me on 0488 336 169.
Asia Dream Cup 2016 Championship Standings after Round Four
- Hiroki Nakamura (JPN) 158
- Hafiz Nor Azman (MAS) 95
- Broc Pearson (AUS) 89
- MD Febriansyah (INA) 89
- Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (CHN) 86