Coast rider is living the dream
HE talks with the absurdness of someone who is as comfortable on a bike as he is on his legs - the swagger youthful and, it would seem, justified.
At age 20, Dylan Peterson is in the midst of a profound career upswing, having just landed a plumb ride for factory team Monster Energy Kawasaki in the elite MX1 class of the MX Nationals.
The Lake Cooroibah ace, who got his first bike at age four, only received the ride when Kawasaki's regular Billy Mackenzie suffered a wrist injury.
Peterson debuted for the team on the weekend in round three at Wonthaggi, Victoria, finishing ninth overall after the three races, but said he should have done better.
He believes that if he can establish himself as a top-five rider it would be hard to dislodge him this season.
He is drooling over the prospect of riding at the championship's next stop - Wanneroo in Western Australia - this month.
The venue's deep, black coco sand surface is tailor-made for someone who honed his skills on the sandy Coolum circuit.
In fact, the next three rounds are on sand.
When asked if he was living the dream, he said: "It'll get bigger. It'll get bigger. I'd love to head over to the US (but) I've got to do my time in Australia first, build up a bit more of a profile."
Peterson scored the factory ride after establishing himself as the leading Kawasaki privateer this season.
Perhaps more crucially, he works for and has established a close relationship with the team's sponsor, Gold Coast-based Integrated Systems Group owner B.J. Barlin.
Now based on the Gold Coast, Peterson is a first-year apprentice electrician.
He plans to "keep it real" and complete his apprenticeship, even if he lands a full-time ride next season.
"Just riding and training, you're living the dream a little bit too much … I don't mind working."
Peterson's parents, Di and Paul, feel they are finally being rewarded for all the time and money they have invested in their son's career.
Peterson appreciates their effort.
"If ever I'm a millionaire one day, I'm sure I'll return the favour," he said