Engine oil in their blood
Motocross runs through three generations of the Henderson family
MOTOR SPORTS: It’s not a sport for the faint-hearted but for Brian, Shane and his young son Nate Henderson, motocross is a generational activity that keeps them bonded.
Attending the practice day at the Central Burnett Motorcycle Club at the weekend, Brian said it was a way of catching up with one another through the use of motor-crossing.
“I love motor-crossing, I got bitten by the bug and once it’s in you, it’s hard to get out of your system, I’m 57 now and I just keep riding,” Brian said.
“I started when I was 15 and then I rode until I was 24, stopped for a while due to other commitments and started up at the age of 40.”
Henderson said he used to ride every weekend but was lucky to get out once a month now.
“I used to go every weekend, now with work commitments it’s a bit harder but we try and go out when we can,” he said.
Brian said motocross could be a dangerous sport.
“It’s quite challenging, you’ve gotta have good cardio fitness to be able to do it, people just think you’re riding a motorbike and there’s nothing to it, you’re just sitting there and riding around but it’s a lot more hard work than people realise,” he said.
“If you’re competing at the top level you have to be really fit.”
“I just ride in the veterans class now, only a C-grade rider but I did the Queensland veterans side two months ago in Rockhampton and ran fourth in my age group there.”
Henderson has received his fair share of injuries over the years.
“I’ve had quite a few, three broken ankles, foot reconstructions, couple of dislocated knees and four broken wrists and it’s a sport where you can get hurt,” he said.
“You can get hurt doing anything, when you take it out of the equation life is just work and nothing else.
“I’ve got to the point where I just ride at 80% but there’s still the possibility of getting hurt every time.
“I’m a bit more reserved and cautious now than I used to be, just because anything can happen.”
The motocross track in Mundubbera is one of the best tracks across the region as it’s the only natural terrain for riders.
“I’ve ridden at some spectacular tracks but this one in Mundubbera is the best one by far, or you’ve got the big hilly country down the Matterhorn, that sort of thing, it’s a fairly good track,” he said.
The highlight for Henderson is getting to watch his family have a go at motocross.
“It’s pretty enjoyable watching the young fella race and the grandson, we aren’t pushing him along, he just rides if he wants to and when they’re old enough they’ll either embrace it or they won’t,” he said.
“Motocross is a good sport as you get to meet a lot of people through it, the people I ride against in the veteran’s class were the ones I raced against when I was 15 years of age.
“There’s a lot of mateship in this sport, always a great atmosphere and it’s a bit of a thrill getting on the bike and having a go.”
LIVING THE DREAM: Three generations of motor-crossing for Brian, Shane and Nate Henderson at the Central Burnett Motorcycle Club at the weekend. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND
Nate Henderson in action at the weekend.