Mitch Evan in action during the 2015 MX Nationals

Evans Juggles School with MX Ambitions

10 Mar 2016

17 year old MXD contender Mitch Evans is working a double life. During the week, he attends Grade 12 at Cairns High School pursuing his academic goals and often found elbows deep in text books and homework. On the weekend, its pencils down and dirt bikes up as he is a major player in this years’ Under 19 MX Nationals championship, starting at Horsham, Victoria on April 3.

So far, Evans has been able to burn the candle at both ends with good results at school and on the track. In the past two seasons, as his school demands have increased, Evans still managed to win the 2014 Australia Junior Motocross Championship, then just last year, won the SXD (u19) division at the Australian Supercross Championship, all the while keeping his impressive grades at school.

“I would love to be able to just race full time and to be a professional racer is my goal but at the moment, my parents and I believe it’s important to have a good education so I have other opportunities in life if the motocross career doesn’t work out,” explains the well-spoken North Queenslander. 

“At the moment, I have to balance a few things to make it work and it can be tough when I’m away racing and have assignments due at the same time. Even leading into the first round, I have exams and a school camp in the week leading up to Horsham so I have to manage my time as best I can.

But the burden has been reduced since joining the Yamalube Yamaha Team in 2015. Working with a manufacturer supported team has relived some pressure on the family and on Evans’ time.

“Working with everyone on the team has been awesome. With them taking care of the race bikes and travel, it allows me to fly to and from the races meaning I don’t miss as much school and I’m not always trying to catch up. So, I can focus on my riding and training and not waste time sitting in a car driving up and down the coast every other weekend.”

The big questions for Evans comes at the end of the season when he is faced with the prospect of entering University to continue his studies or chase his racing dream.

“I hope to be able to secure a full time ride with a MX2 team next year so I can focus on racing and see where it takes me. You only have a small window to make a career out of racing and I would like to put 100% into that. I can always go back to Uni,” Evans shrugs!

The opening round of the 2016 MX Nationals kicks off on April 3 at Horsham, Victoria.

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Jeff Crow
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