Naracoorte’s very own Fraser Norman is making a name for himself on the national stage in vintage motocross.
Fraser’s father Trevor introduced him to motocross riding at an early age, and he has traditionally ridden modern motocross bikes.
This year however, he has gotten into vintage motocross riding, and he has just won a race at the 2018 Australian Classic Motocross Titles.
He won the Evolution 250 pre-1975 class, and also finished second in the 263cc and over class.
Fraser has been thrilled to have generous sponsorship from John Paynter from the Barossa Valley, who has backed him with bikes and event support.
“He prepped them all up and picks a few riders throughout the year and has the bikes all ready to go for us,” Fraser said.
On his win, Fraser said he “felt pretty good" taking the win, because vintage racing could be more of a challenge than the more familiar motocross.
“When things go your way it’s a bonus,” Fraser said.
“It’s a machine anything can go wrong (with), especially being that old because they’re a classic motorcycle.”
Despite finding parts being difficult to find and expensive, Fraser enjoys the vintage motorcycles and plans to do quite a bit of vintage competition in the next year – as well as some motocross.
“I will probably do a bit of vintage stuff next year, but will probably focus on the newer bikes,” Fraser said. “I’ll have to pick and choose which ones because they fall on different dates.”
Fraser said that he had a bit of a break from riding competitively after moving away from home, but when he moved home, he got straight back into the sport.
“I did take about four years off when I was away working in the mines,” Fraser said. “But I got back into it here when I moved back.”
This year was Fraser’s second at the Australian titles, having come 3rd in his section last year.
Fraser has also won various other national level events in the past year, including the Classic King of the Gulf at Port Pirie.
Fraser thanked Steve Letton Motorcycles as well as his uncle Geoff Irvine for all their help and support at competitions.