IN only his second year of competitive racing, Mazenod College student William Wasley has achieved a personal goal of winning the U16 WA Junior Road Racing State Championship for 150cc motorbikes.
It was not all smooth sailing for the good natured 15 year old from Lesmurdie.
“Last year wasn’t so good, I broke my arm a couple times,” Will said.
“So, this year was my first year of full competition and I set my sights on winning.”
The championship series occurred over five rounds of three races, across four different racetracks during the season.
Heading into the last round Will was in first place on the leaderboard but only two points ahead of his nearest rival.
“I knew that if I won the first two races of the day, I would win the championship, but I lost the second race and it all came down to the final race of the day.
“It was really tight and we were neck and neck, but at the last corner I managed to get ahead and I won the race.”
Will credits his Dad for getting him into racing motorbikes.
“Dad used to race and on my 13th birthday he took me to a ‘come and try’ event and I loved it.”
A member of the JB Racing Team, Will now hopes to focus on the 300cc class and has his sights on the Production State Championships in that class.
“I am hoping for a top three finish, which I think is pretty reasonable.”
If this year is anything to judge from, we could be hearing Will’s name in motorcycle racing for some time to come.