Pas­sion drives Jay’s suc­cess

It’s been a long road to the top for this teenage mo­tocross trail­blazer and his fam­ily, writesMARKHINCHLIFFE

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TWEED Coast 15-year-old Jay Wil­son is our new­est world cham­pion. He be­came Aus­tralia’s first world cham­pion mo­tocrosser when he cap­tured the 85cc ti­tle at the Ju­nior Mo­tocross World Cham­pi­onship in Taupo, New Zealand, at the week­end.

His win helped Aus­tralia claim the Na­tions Tro­phy.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing. I don’t know if this is real or not,’’ Wil­son said af­ter the win. ‘‘I’m just speech­less at the mo­ment. I never thought I’d be here right now.’’

Wil­son’s win is as much a fam­ily ef­fort as a per­sonal victory.

His fa­ther, Peter, says the fam­ily moved from Glenn Innes to Banora Point so Jay and his brother, Dy­lan, 13, could be close to the com­pet­i­tive south­east Queens­land mo­tocross cir­cuit.

The whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing sis­ter Charli, 10, and mother Lexie, were in New Zealand to see Jay win the cham­pi­onship.

‘‘We have to take the sport fair dinkum,’’ his fa­ther says.

‘‘His ed­u­ca­tion is still im­por­tant but he does miss a fair bit of school. Jay is a good kid and gets on well with his teach­ers, but they un­der­stand the path we are rid­ing down.’’

Wil­son has been rid­ing and racing since he was four.

‘‘He’s a vet­eran of the sport now,’’ his fa­ther says. ‘‘He has a hunger to win. He doesn’t go out to run sec­ond or third.’’

The Banora Point high school stu­dent says he looks up to Aus­tralia’s top-earn­ing motorsport iden­tity Chad Reed, even though he beat the two-time world and US su­per­cross champ to a world mo­tocross ti­tle.

‘‘I’ve met him but had not a full-on con­ver­sa­tion with him; only to get a sig­na­ture. But I’ll be racing in his Su­perX se­ries later this year,’’ Jay says. The ju­niors will race in Su­perX events in Gee­long, Can­berra and Syd­ney.

‘‘Hope­fully one day I’ll go to Amer­ica and race full time and make a liv­ing,’’ he says.

Mean­while, the young rider, who is signed to the KTM fac­tory team for this year, has plenty of work to do.

‘‘I do train­ing a fair bit,’’ he says. ‘‘I go to school ev­ery day but in the af­ter­noon and morn­ing I do gym work, rid­ing and cycling.’’

His fit­ness has served him well and he has only bro­ken a wrist in 11 years of racing.

‘‘My mum gets a bit stressed ev­ery now and then,’’ he says.

Num­ber one: Jay Wil­son is our first world mo­tocross cham­pion.

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