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Young gun Revs ahead

WILLIAM Thornbury of Acton Park revved his engine to beat many people his senior to win the Tasmanian A Grade Moto Trial Title at Melrose in late 2020.

Will, who just turned 16, won the title at the age of 15 over seven trials across the year.

Will said the titles were one of the highest levels of competition in the state and the next youngest competitor was aged in the mid-20s.

“I was pretty stoked and I was in disbelief when my name came out at presentations,” he said.

“I’ve previously won a C Grade Championship and a C+ Championship, as well as a second in B Grade – I’ve now won A Grade.”

Will has represented the state in the Australian Championships in under 16s three times, with his best result being a third place.

Will said his aim was to make the top 10 in Australia one day.

“The Tasmanian A Grade Title has helped me be more motivated to keep training and keep it up to hopefully keep competing with the big boys and at an Australian level,” he said.

Will has been doing moto trial for about five years and said riding was in his blood.

“I’ve been riding motorbikes since I was two, so I’ve been doing it my whole life really,” he said.

“The reason I love it is because I’ve done it for so long – it’s my passion.”

Will said moto trial involved riders navigating obstacles and having a lot of control over the bike, as well as good technique.

“You need really good balance, good timing and good hand eye coordination,” he said.