ON TRACK: Rockhampton 500cc solo rider Zane Keleher is heading to the Queensland Speedway Championships this weekend.
ON TRACK: Rockhampton 500cc solo rider Zane Keleher is heading to the Queensland Speedway Championships this weekend. Allan Reinikka ROK141216akeleher

Zane's 60-second adrenaline rush

500CC SOLOS: It's one minute of high-speed, heart-pumping, explosive action and Zane Keleher can't get enough of it.

The Rockhampton rider is revved up and ready for his second assault at the 500cc Queensland Speedway Championships this weekend.

The 23-year-old will climb aboard his GM500 for a shot at the title at the Mick Doohan Raceway in Brisbane on Saturday - and he can't wait to get racing.

"I'm feeling pretty confident. I've raced this track before so I'm pretty comfortable with it but obviously there'll be some pretty tough competition,” Keleher said yesterday.

"There's a lot of boys that have come back from racing professionally overseas so they'll all be going for the number one spot.

"I'm definitely aiming for a top 10 and ideally a top eight because then I can qualify for next year's event.”

Zane Keleher: Zane Keleher is heading to Brisbane to compete in the Qld 500cc Solo titles this weekend.
Zane Keleher: Zane Keleher is heading to Brisbane to compete in the Qld 500cc Solo titles this weekend.

Keleher is no stranger to racing on two wheels. He competed in motocross for 15 years, five of them at national level.

But last year he got the chance to jump on a speedway bike - and he hasn't looked back.

"I loved it and I got myself two bikes and started racing,” he said. "This is my new thrill and my new love so I'm putting in a lot of effort in to see how far I can go.

"With speedway you only race four laps but the intensity is through the roof compared to motocross.

"This is a lot faster paced and a lot higher adrenaline. It's only a one-minute race and it's full-on for that one minute... heart rate's through the roof and then we've got to back it up and go again.

"We're probably doing 110 to 120kmh with three other guys right beside you with no brakes and getting some serious speed around the corners.”

Keleher said more than 20 competitors would start on Saturday.

"On Saturday morning we've got initial qualifying and the top 16 riders will go through to the main event,” he said.

"It's about getting a good start and getting out in front and scoring as many points as possible early on.

"We only get five heats for qualifying so every point matters. You've really got to put in a big effort in the qualifying heats to make it through to the semis and then the final.”

Keleher expects professional riders Jake Allen, Josh Grajczonek and Ty Proctor to be there at the pointy end of the competition on Saturday.

He relishes the opportunity to compete against some of Australia's best riders and he soon hopes to emulate them.

"To be Queensland champion, Australian champion and then to qualify for the World Series would be perfect. That is my ultimate goal,” he said.