MOTOCROSS thrill-seeker Jeremy Laycock will raise his personal ambitions when he returns to the bike next year.
The 21-year-old Warrnambool rider said he had his sights set on a top-10 finish in the highly rated Victorian Motocross Championships.
The new goal comes on the back of Laycock clinching the 2012 Western Region Motocross Series (WRMS), which wrapped up at the weekend.
Rain forced officials to cancel the sixth round at Colac, delivering him the senior open A grade title.
Laycock finished with 307 points from five rounds at Ballarat, Warrnambool, Barrabool, Ararat and Horsham. He was 75 points ahead of Stephen Square (232) after stepping up from the senior lites A grade class.
Laycock, a painter, said he was rapt with the win, despite not scoring as many points as he hoped.
“Just with work and a few other life choices I haven’t been able to get on the bike,” he said.
“I’m hoping to get a bit more riding in next year.
“For the amount of practising I’ve done I’m pretty happy with my results.
“When there are a few rounds it’s consistency really that gets you there.
“I didn’t win every race but I still put in my best. It doesn’t always take win after win to come out on top.” Laycock said he planned to race the four-round Victorian series in 2013. Contesting rounds of an Australian series was also on the radar.
“I hope to win the region series again next year,’’ he said. “The top-10 in the Victorian titles would be a pretty realistic goal to set,” he said.
Laycock was one of three WRMS victors for Warrnambool Motocross Club. Mick Ford claimed the honours in senior open C grade while teenager Ted Stuchbery won two titles.
The 16-year-old topped the field in the junior 125cc and 250cc B grade classes.
“My expectations for Western Region were to be consistent and get up in the top-three in most of my races,” Stuchbery said.
“I had thoughts of winning. It was definitely within my reach to win the Western Region series.”
Stuchbery will take his talents to Coolum, Queensland, for the Australian Junior Motocross Championships later this month.
His performances during the year at region and state level mean he will rise into the senior lites B grade for 2013.