Nine-year-old motocross rider Jonathan McGregor, who is a member of the Nowra Motorcycle Club, has taken out the 2019 Motocross Interclub series after winning the Amcross series in his age division in the 65cc class.
Jonathan paid tribute to his dad for his dedication in the preparation & maintenance of his bike, as well as his coaching, which he said played a big part in his recent successes.
The Interclub Series was run over five rounds and included race tracks at the Oakdale, Wollongong, Appin, ACT and Nowra clubs.
The races are run regardless of the weather and can range from extremely hot, windy and dusty, to bitterly cold days on rain-soaked muddy tracks.
The day's racing consists of three practice laps to determine starting grid positions for the first race, followed by three four-lap races spread over the day, to determine the winner, which is the rider with the most points. The accumulation of points over the five rounds determines the series winner.
Motocross racing is a form of motorcycle racing held on an enclosed off-road track which is physically demanding and requires intense concentration.
Motocross racing first evolved in the United Kingdom in the early 1900's. During the late 1970's and early 1980's Japanese motorcycle manufacturers presided over a boom period in motocross technology. The typical two-stroke air cooled twin shock absorber rear suspension bikes gave way to the modern era of bikes that are water cooled and are fitted with single shock absorber rear suspension and electronic ignition systems.