DYLAN Parsons is a young speedster in a hurry.
The nine-year-old Bushfield rider has big aspirations in the motocross world and is showing signs of his potential less than a year after first jumping on a bike.
Dylan was one of 16 class winners as part of Warrnambool Motorcycle Club’s aggregate season at Lake Gillear.
He topped the 50cc division one category with 630 points and was the second highest points scorer in the club, despite contesting only nine of the 10 club days.
The results came as a welcome surprise to his father Craig, who said his son’s enthusiasm about motocross came “out of the blue”.
“We thought we’d give it a go, see what happens. We thought he would get his butt kicked when he went out there but it didn’t take him long to step up to the plate,” he said.
What started as a hobby has quickly become a passion for Dylan, who will step up to the 65cc class when the 2013 season gets under way.
He travelled to Sydney to meet one of the father figures of the sport, Greg Moss, in July. American riders Ryan Dungey and James Stewart and Australians Chad Reed, Jake Emanuelli and Meg Rutledge have also become idols.
“When he went up to Greg Moss, that was a big learning experience for him,” Craig said.
“Greg is very big about respect and spoke to him about training and nutrition. He’s really taken it on board.”
The Warrnambool Motorcycle Club wrapped up its 2012 season with a presentation day announcing its aggregate class winners.
Secretary Mick Hawkes said about 60 riders competed at the 10 club days.
“The previous year we had been inundated with water for a couple of months. We were able to race all year this year,” he said.
“(Numbers) have improved a little bit. Being able to have it go all year means people haven’t lost interest.
“Most club days we had over 60 riders.”
Hawkes said the club would host its annual two-day open on January 26 and 27, with more than 200 riders from across Victoria converging on the track.
The aggregate season starts with a come-and-try day on February 10 and riders will also contest rounds of the western region and Victorian series.