Rising motor trial star wins championship title

YOUNG Acton Park resident William Thornbury has taken out the title of junior champion at the Victorian Moto Trial Championships in late August.

The 12-year-old Sacred Heart College student was among five Tasmanian competitors to compete in the championships, with the state receiving two firsts, one third and four fourths at the end of the competition.

William, who has competed in moto trials competitions around Tasmania since 2014, said he had been excited to travel interstate for a tournament.

“It was a new and exciting experience and while winning is great, having fun and doing your best is what is most important,” he said.

“I had no expectations of winning or placing going into the championships and it was very tight between myself and another competitor right up until the end.”

In Moto Trails, riders use a specialised trials bike to complete courses and are given points when they put a foot down or drop their bike.

The rider with the least points is declared the winner.

William said he first became interested in the sport by growing up on a farm surrounded by family who rode motorbikes.

He said he was often encouraged by friends to “have a go.”

“My favourite thing about the sport is the challenging nature of the courses,” he said.

“I also love the encouragement and friendship from the other competitors, as well as watching, listening and learning from the more experienced riders.”

By taking the Victorian junior champion title, William will now head to South Australia in October to compete at the Australian Championships.

William said he was looking forward to representing Tasmania at the event.

Caption: Young moto trial champion William Thornbury.