SUSSEX Inlet motocross racer Billy “The Kid” Payne has started this year’s racing season the same way he finished 2012, unbeatable.
Billy’s move up to the 65cc class has failed to slow last year’s 50cc national champion.
At the opening round of the Nowra District Motorcycle Club Championship held earlier this month Billy dominated proceedings winning his first two races before fighting back from a lap down to finish second in the final race.
The following week he was again the class performer of the field at the opening round of the highly competitive East Coast MX series held at the Appin track.
Racing against some of the best age group 65cc racers in the state Billy won all three races in convincing fashion.
Proud mum Leah said her son’s ability on the bike continues to amaze her, adding that the new KTM 65cc machine suits his style perfectly.
“He really has taken to the 65cc bike, and because he’s lean, tall and well built, he can really throw the bike around,” she said.
“At the East Coast series he got three hole-shots and led to the first corner in all three races before gapping the rest of the field by up to six seconds per lap, it was an amazing display.”
Back in front of his text books at Sussex Inlet Primary School, Billy said his KTM 65cc machine and the Appin circuit were ideally suited.
"The track was awesome in the morning and I was able to ride some good lines and get some good hole-shots,” he said.
“I'm really enjoying the KTM; I can hit the big jumps faster.”
Last year’s national 50cc champion faces a busy racing schedule over the next couple of months with racing at the Oakdale Challenge at Picton and the amcross series at Cooma.
“I’m looking forward to a great year of racing and my goal is to get a second Aussie Title on the bigger bike,” he said.