Team favourite

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Aper­former con­sid­ered Nitro Cir­cus’ big­gest joker will be among a con­tin­gent of in­ter­na­tional dare­dev­ils to con­verge on the Wim­mera at Easter.

Blake ‘Bilko’ Wil­liams will be part of Nitro Cir­cus Live at Hor­sham City Oval on Easter Sun­day.

Wil­liams opened the throt­tle on a 50cc mini for the first time at the age of five and was hooked for life.

He first hit the global ac­tion sports stage in 2016 with a third-place X Games per­for­mance.

In 2009, Wil­liams staked his claim as one of the best riders in the world, be­com­ing the first non-amer­i­can to win a gold medal in freestyle.

He also took home sil­ver for best trick.

Wil­liams, who hails from Bax­ter on Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, is set to tour his home coun­try dur­ing Nitro Cir­cus Live’s Re­gional Ram­page Tour.

The tour starts in New South Wales next month.

Hor­sham will host Nitro Cir­cus Live on April 16, with shows at Shep­par­ton and Bendigo to com­plete the Vic­to­rian leg.

Wil­liams has been part of the Nitro team from the be­gin­ning, as it sold out sta­di­ums across Aus­tralia in 2010.

He told Transworld Mo­tocross the Nitro Cir­cus offered him a great op­por­tu­nity to travel the globe with some of his best mates.

“We def­i­nitely have some mad times,” he said.

“The whole crew is amaz­ing. We help each other out and push each other all the time.”

The only thing Wil­liams likes more than hav­ing a good time and be­ing the life of the party is catch­ing some se­ri­ous air on his bike and land­ing some un­be­liev­able tricks.

His world firsts in­clude the cliffhanger flip, the ruler flip, 360 heel clicker and the Fly­ing Dutch­man.

Wil­liams said he en­joyed the fun and ca­ma­raderie of per­form­ing in Nitro Cir­cus Live as much as the thrill of com­pe­ti­tion. “I’ve al­ways been an id­iot for the en­ter­tain­ment of oth­ers, now I get paid to do it,” he said.

He said his proud­est mo­ments with Nitro in­cluded per­form­ing in 100 shows and his end of 2014 tour video.

De­spite his colour­ful ir­rev­er­ence and ex­u­ber­ant ex­te­rior, Wil­liams is a ded­i­cated ath­lete – with scars from count­less in­juries to prove it.

He is a favourite among both fans and fel­low riders.

Peo­ple who want to see Wil­liams and the Nitro Cir­cus team in ac­tion can visit Hor­sham Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre or www.tick­et­di­ to buy tick­ets.

Blake ‘Bilko’ Wil­liams in ac­tion

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