Mo­tocross rider is on come­back trail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER SPORT - David Charlesworth

HAR­VEY mo­tocross rider Matt Fabry was among WA’s top ath­letes to re­ceive a travel sub­sidy, help­ing him claim a top four spot at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship last year.

Matt, 16, was among 209 ath­letes to re­ceive a grant through the Re­gional Ath­lete Travel Sub­sidy Scheme, the $650 grant en­abled him to travel to Hor­sham, Vic­to­ria for the event last Septem­ber.

Matt said it was of­ten dif­fi­cult and ex­pen­sive to head across due to WA’s iso­la­tion and most of the main events be­ing held in the East­ern States.

To travel across for com­pe­ti­tions, the fam­ily ac­tu­ally drives, which is cheaper than fly­ing bikes and equip­ment over, with the sub­sidy pay­ing for the fuel.

“It’s so far away for us be­cause we’re on the other side of the coun­try and it takes a lot of fuel to get from each round,” he said.

“That grant helped a lot with get­ting over East for fuel costs. I ap­pre­ci­ated it a lot.”

Matt made a great show­ing at the cham­pi­onship plac­ing fourth in the 125cc and 250cc classes, just miss­ing out on third by a sin­gle point.

“I learnt a lot from that round and I took all that home and now I’m go­ing to work on it for my first year of se­niors,” he said.

Matt was still re­cov­er­ing from a bad crash in 2016 when he en­tered and was happy with his re­sult.

“It would have been awe­some to get on the podium but with the amount of time I had off the bike I had to be rea­son­able, par­tic­u­larly with how much the other guys had been train­ing,” he said.

“I just took it as it came and was happy with top four in Aus­tralia.”

This year Matt will com­pete in the se­nior di­vi­sion for the first time, in the MX2 Se­ries in WA.

“I would hope­fully like to get over east to com­pete in the first half of the MX na­tion­als which is the un­der-19s,” he said.

Matt was also se­lected this year for the Strick­land Race De­vel­op­ment and will race for the Bee Firm NRG Yamaha team.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing them some good re­sults this year,” Matt said.

Matt said his aim for this year was to main­tain his health and avoid in­jury and also com­pet­ing in the East­ern States more of­ten.

“I’ve strug­gled a lot with it in the last few months, get­ting in­jured,” he said.

“My goal is to com­pete in the all the WA rounds and hope­fully get top three in the first year of se­niors.”

Har­vey mo­tocross rider Matt Fabry trav­elled to Vic­to­ria last year for the na­tional cham­pi­onships with the help of a travel sub­sidy.

Pic­tures: David Charlesworth

Matt Fabry catches some air as he whips around his home track.

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