#29 Billy Van Eerde

Billy Van Eerde

Rider bio

Helmet design 2018

"I started riding mini bikes at 4 years old. My dad raced dirt track then, he started racing Speedway bikes when he was 18 so I guess it's in the blood.

Training with Dad 2011

"I grew up on 23 acres and every weekend dad had mates around with their kids. We had tracks in the back yard and we all had fun racing each other on mini bikes, the adults too."

2014 Mackay Beach Races

"I remember Josh Grajczonek who is now riding for the Poole Speedway in England used to ride with me at my cousins house and push me around to go faster. This taught me to ride close to other bikes which was good fun and couldn't wait to race on proper tracks."

Australian Track Titles North Brisbane 2017

"Dad's grandfather raced Speedway Solos and Sidecars back in the day and 2 of my Uncles raced Speedway Cars. Colin Stoner, Stephen Nagle and Jon Hafey got me started road racing."

2015 Eastern Creek NSW

"Mum and Dad gave up their jobs to move 2000 km from Townsville QLD to the Hunter Valley in NSW to give me more opportunity to race a lot of different tracks and against the fastest kids in Australia when I was 11."

"We travelled from race to race and slept in the back of the van most weekends. Dad has been there for me and is the best coach keeping me calm and helping me to get better each race and mum comes along to support me and keep us fed. When we go home for holidays we ride for fun on dirt bikes and go-carts in the back paddock with friends and cousins."

Motard training

"When I am not racing I like Playing Moto GP on the playstation, not only for fun with my mates but to learn all the different tracks around the world and doing a bit of motocross and motard. At school Physical Health & Education."

Motard training

Already Billy has a great deal of success and experience: "The first time I raced overseas was in Round 3 for the Asia KTM RC 390 Cup. Just racing on the Sepang International Circuit was crazy. I started from 6th on the grid and worked my way to first and won the race by 3 seconds."
The Asia KTM RC 390 Cup with Dad - Sepang International Circuit 2017

"I learnt a lot of race craft throughout the year on a KTM RC 390. Racing in the 300 Supersport class, the bikes are pretty even so it's hard to get away, that way there is always a group of riders your battling with and adapting to different tracks and bike adjustment to suit. Definitely the highs and lows of racing and coming back from a bad round and learning from it."

Morgan Park Qld Rnd 5 ASBK

"My best race of 2017 was at the last round of the ASBK Championships in Phillip island, I was 1 point behind the lead in the championship heading into the last race. There was a group of 7-8 riders battling in the last corner. I was coming about 6th and came through the slip stream winning the race by 0.007 of a second which sealed the championship for me."

Award night after winning the ASBK over 300 Supersport Championship

Billy's dad is a Boilermaker/Welder Fabricator and his mum an Office Administrator, They and his brother and two sisters are behind him as he chases the dream of following his heroes Casey Stoner, Mark Marquez and Jack Miller. "I only have one goal that comes to mind and that is to become a MotoGP World Champion."

ASBK 2017 with Mum and Dad

As he chases the Rookies Cup success he will have plenty of chance to enjoy the Grand Prix circuits. "I like tracks that are very fast and wide."

Selection Event Almeria 2017

"There is no better feeling than winning a race and seeing the chequered flag. If that doesn't happen it is also being able to give feedback to the team. Getting good results when changes are made with the bike is a good sign you're heading in the right direction and giving them input they need to make you faster."