Emerald rider dominates
A HOME-GROWN hero was the star in Round 4 of the Central Highlands Motocross Series at Emerald's Mosquito Creek.
Emerald Junior Motorcycle Club's favourite son Nick Stephan took out one of the feature races, the 250cc Senior Lites race.
"It's a good feeling to have a win again," Stephan said.
"It's a good accomplishment."
Stephan began his motocross career in Emerald before moving away to compete at a higher level.
But although the 18-year-old has experienced bigger stages, he said it was very special to return to his roots.
"I'm back a member again," he said.
Stephan has had time out through injury this year, but has been in excellent form since returning.
"I've done a few (races) and come out with some good results," he said.
He said there was a strong field of riders at Mosquito Creek, and he had to ride well to claim victory.
"On the first day, it was full-on as good as I could," he said.
"There was a decent amount of riders.
"It was a good bit of competition."
Stephan said his experience riding in bigger competitions further south gave him an edge in the local races.
"It was a good field," he said.
"(But) they're not as good as the ones down there."
Emerald Junior Motorcycle Club president Wayne Barnes said Stephan was almost impossible to beat in his current form.
"In the Senior Lites, Nick Stephan again performed really well," Barnes said.
"He's really dominating at the moment."
Barnes said Stephan had been a stalwart of the club for a long time, and had constantly improved since he first joined.
"He's a local," he said.
"He started riding around 13 years old.
"Probably in the last couple of years, he's really hit his straps."
He said the Emerald club was strongly represented among the sizeable field of about 140 riders.
"We had a fair roll up," he said.
"Usually the same sort of group of riders follows the series around.
"At least half of them would've been Emerald (members)."
But they were not competing on behalf of the club itself.
"It's only on an individual level," Barnes said.
"They only compete for an individual prize."
Barnes said the Emerald event was one of the highlights of the Central Highlands Motocross Series.
"It's a very good track, our track," he said.
"It was exceptional all weekend."