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Australian Dirt Bike Racer Luke Gough Discovers Passion in Flat Track Racing

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Hailing from Hilltop, Australia, Luke Gough has been racing since he was a young child. Beginning on a Yamaha PW 50 at the age of five, he raced motocross until he was 12. Bored and burned out on motocross, he quit riding. Watching a friend ride at a flat track race a few years later rekindled his passion for racing. He loved the speed and the sliding and soon began racing dirt track. It did not take Gough long to come up to speed as he finished 2nd in the 125cc national title in 2002.
Australian Luke Gough has been racing a dirt bike since he was a 5 years old
Australian Luke Gough has been racing a dirt bike since he was a 5 years old

Luke Gough held the 450cc Australian Long Track title for three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007
Luke Gough held the 450cc Australian Long Track title for three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007
At age 22, Luke Gough looks to be a rising star in the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Singles Series
At age 22, Luke Gough looks to be a rising star in the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Singles Series


He held the 450cc Australian Long Track title for three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007, and relinquished it only because his schedule in the states did not allow him to get home in time to defend his title for a fourth year. He is the only person to hold the title for that many consecutive years.

Speaking of stateside, his career highlights include a perfect weekend in Richwood, Ohio where he won eight out of eight races for the weekend, and Eddie Mulder's fall classic at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California, where he was the top placing 450cc motorcycle both days. Saturday he topped many larger motorcycles for a 3rd and Sunday saw him still top many larger bikes and finish an amazing fifth. During the event, he was invited to pilot a beautiful Steve Berg prepared Triumph winning the main on Saturday and leading the Sunday main when the primary drive belt stripped out.

In his first road race, in the pouring rain of Seattle, Gough finished fifth on a dead stock SV650 against much more experienced riders, many on highly modified SV650's. He has now competed in his first full year of competition in the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Singles Series. In his rookie year, he was able to earn a coveted national number that many riders struggle for years to acquire.

At age 22, Luke Gough is one of the most hands on motorcycle racers you will ever meet. Trained as a fabricator and welder in Australia, if he is dissatisfied with any aspect of his race bikes, he simply rebuilds them himself to make the machine more competitive. From chassis to fuel tanks, wheels to custom exhaust systems, Luke has built them all.

"When it comes to my racing career, I will not settle for anything less than the best," says Gough. "If any part of my race bike is not perfect, I modify it until it is. Thanks to K&N, my filters are perfect right out of the box. I use K&N exclusively on both my CRF450 Honda singles race bike as well as my Suzuki SV650 based twins machine."

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