BLAKE ‘‘Bilko’’ Williams has been named FMX Rider of the Year by a panel at the TransWorld Motocross Awards in Las Vegas.
The 24-year-old from Baxter, Victoria, was there to collect his award and says he considers it a highlight of his career.
‘‘It’s like a pat on the back for all the hard work of the past few years,’’ Williams says. ‘‘I was up against some really good riders. Nate (Adams) is always a very consistent performer, and Maddo’s (Robbie Maddison) accomplishments made it pretty close.
‘‘It’s good to win because all the voting comes from within the industry. It shows these people really do recognise what you’ve done.’’
Bilko last month became the first international to win a Moto X gold medal in the US.