Shipwreck Coast Motocross Club member Dylan Parsons is a great example of an athlete who has been itching to get back into his favourite sport.
He got a new 2021 YZF250 motorbike for Christmas last year and couldn't wait to hit the track.
But he's barely had a chance because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think it's got about nine hours on it, normally you'd get probably 60 to 70 hours in a year," he said.
He may not have raced much in 2021 but when he got the chance he made a splash.
The 18-year-old finished third overall in the B grade senior MX2 as part of the Western Region championships.
The most recent series event was at Horsham earlier this month.
"I went all right, obviously not riding for a long time over COVID made it pretty hard, but it's good to actually get back riding and give it a crack," he said.
"Hopefully we can go again next year without COVID breaks."
The most recent time the teenager had raced before Horsham was at the Colac Western Region round about six months ago.
Parsons, who lives at Ellerslie, competed in all four rounds of the Western Region series that went ahead. There are normally six events.
He didn't expect to get third but was rewarded for his consistency across the year. He's keen to progress to A grade in the future.
The next big event for the club is the January two-day open which Parsons has been doing since he started racing about a decade ago. It typically attracts more than 300 riders.
In other results for the club, Sophie Molan won the senior ladies class in the Western Region championships.
Troy Mora, 16, finished second in the A grade 250cc A lites.
Jack Maher, 15, won the 125cc and 250cc in the B grade juniors.
Curtis Morrison, 11, was second in the 65cc B grade and third in the 85cc B grade juniors.
Paddy Lewis, 12, finished second in the 65cc A grade.
Hayden Dettling, 11, came third in the 65cc B grade juniors.
Benji Holscher, 10, Will McKenna, 11, Toby McKenna, 13, Caleb Gurry, 9, Mason Lewis, 10, and Jacob Stanley, 8, were among the club's other competitors in the series.
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