Two Macarthur boys are powering ahead on the national motocross circuit.
Good friends Ben Novak and Rory Fairbrother both put in impressive performances at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Penguin, Tasmania earlier this month.
Ben, of Orangeville, won the 85cc junior lites class and also finished fourth overall in the 250cc category.
Camden’s Rory finished third overall in the 85ccc under-12 to 14s class.
Ben’s dad Scott Novak said his son and Rory were up against some of Australia’s best young motocross riders.
Novak said his son was “stoked” to secure victory in the 85cc class.
“Ben has put in a lot of hard work and has had a really good year on the bike,” he said.
2018 has been a whirlwind year for Ben who has enjoyed a hot streak of major motocross victories.
Highlights for the 15-year-old include title wins at the NSW State Titles, the Queensland State Titles and the East Coast Motocross Championships.
Ben, who rides KTM 250cc and 85cc motorbikes, has achieved these impressive results despite battling some injury concerns.
“He rode with a broken arm at one stage and another time he had a torn hamstring but kept riding,” Novak said.
“Ben is a tough little bloke.”
Novak said his son became interested in motorbikes when he was four years old. Ben now rides four to five times a week and also undertakes gym work to build up his fitness level.
“Motocross riding is what Ben wants to do for a living so we’ll see how far he can get,” Novak said.
“Ben and Rory get out there and ride together a fair bit.”
Rory has also enjoyed an impressive year in motocross with highlights including title wins in the East Coast MX series and Dirtaction Magazine Amcross Championships.
Riding his 2019 KTM 85cc motorbike, Rory qualified fastest in his class at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships.
Rory, 14, competed in three races at Penguin and finished equal first with two other riders.
He was relegated to third overall on a count-back, because he finished lowest out of the three riders in the final race.
However, Rory’s dad Todd Fairbrother said his son was elated to finish top three at the national titles.
“Rory’s speed and strategy were both good,” he said.
“He had some bike troubles and didn’t get a good start in the last race but Rory is very happy with that placing in such a hotly contested class.”