MAILORS Flat teen Beau Stuchbery defied the agony of a broken leg to stay in contention for Victorian Junior Motocross Championships honours.
Beau, 15, fractured his left leg on lap two of his third race in 125cc B grade at Swan Hill on Saturday, as part of round two of the championships.
The Brauer College student was running third at the time and could have easily pulled out when his leg got caught in a rut and went under his bike.
But he persevered to finish the race, placing ninth and collecting valuable series points in the process.
Beau is third with 167 points after rounds at Warrnambool and Swan Hill. He is 30 points behind Brock Healey with two rounds remaining.
He will be out of action for about a month but should be back in time to contest round three at Outtrim, near Korumburra, on June 14 and 15.
“It was on the second lap and I was third, about to pass second. I went into this rut,” Beau said.
“Because the track was really rutty, there was another rut and the inside of my foot caught it, then my foot peg twisted my leg.
“It must’ve twisted it pretty hard to crack my fibula. I was in a lot of pain and had to do five more laps.”
Beau said he kept riding because he wanted to maintain his position in the championship standings.
“I was running second in the points. I didn’t want to give that up.
“I thought I’ll go through this bit of pain. It got really bad. I was virtually riding with one foot and just changing gears.
“There were around 20-something riders so I did all right to finish ahead of them.”
Murray Stuchbery said his son wanted to ride in the 250cc B grade class on Sunday but “we put a stop to that”.
Stuchbery said the fracture was not major. “If you’re going to break a leg, it’s the best way to do it,” he said.
Beau was one of eight Shipwreck Coast Motocross Club riders who contested round two of the championship at Swan Hill. In other results, a good first race allowed Jamie Kinna to finish fifth in 125cc C grade. Kieran Hildebrand was 15th in the same grade.
Liam Hildebrand ran sixth in 250cc C grade and Jak Cameron was 15th in 125cc B grade and ninth in 250cc B grade.
Sam Chilton was ninth in 65cc C grade, ahead of brothers Jett and Chad Bell who placed 17th and 18th respectively.