Winning streak for Stewart

EIGHTEEN year old motocross rider Wayne Stewart from Dumbalk is on a winning streak.
He took first place in the Korumburra Club Championships backed up by second place in the Victorian Motocross Titles and third in the Gippsland Centre Series in the past motocross season.
Winning means everything to Wayne who works part time as a builder and dreams of making it to the professional ranks of motocross to ride for a team.
He describes the feeling of winning as ‘the best’.
He said, “I go out there to have fun and win.”
His father, Peter said, “Wayne is very consistent, smooth and quick.”
The young rider is inspired by Churchill’s 16 year old Jed Beaton who has risen from an impoverished background in Tasmania to be riding on the professional motocross circuit.
Seeing how far guts and determination can get you matters to Wayne who said, “Jed’s done it tough but he’s put in the hard yards and he’s got there.”
Motocross is a sport which like many others incurs many expenses.
Wayne’s mother and father, Kerry and Peter have made many sacrifices to nurture his motocross talent and this is not lost on him.
He said, “I appreciate everything they do. They put in everything.”
Peter Stewart, Wayne’s father said, “Everything costs money.”
Races are widespread in places as far afield as Shepparton and Horsham and even medical costs incurred by broken limbs of which Wayne has had a couple, mount up.
Local businesses such as Evans Petroleum and Marriots provide valuable support and a Melbourne company provided the $500 sticker kit which emblazens the $8000 250cc motorcycle.
Peter Stewart does most of the bike maintenance although as Wayne has grown older he has been expected to take an increasing responsibility for more than cleaning the bike and now looks after the oil and filters.
Stewart says it can be hard to reach the top because those who do generally don’t attend school or go to work but have the luxury of devoting themselves to riding.
Wayne started riding when he was three or four years old and rides three or four times a week.
Doing what he loves the most he finds it easy to be motivated.
Apart from motocross Stewart plays football for Stony Creek Thirds of which he has been Best and Fairest.
He also played in this year’s Alberton Interleague team.
Riding is physically exacting but he boosts his fitness with running, cycling and gym workouts.
He also enjoys fishing out of Port Welshpool with his dad and shooting.
The new motocross season begins again in February.


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