By Brendan Rees
Cranbourne nine year-old Logan Dyer is living his dream and has a good reason to smile too.
Logan recently returned from Horsham after finishing as the top 33rd rider in the country when he competed in the Australian Junior Motocross Championship.
The event, held from 30 September to 6 October, drew more than 400 riders of all ages from Australia, Estonia, Thailand and New Zealand.
The Grade 4 Cranbourne East Primary school student qualified for the seven to nine-year-old age group on the 65cc dirt bike in the lead up to the finals.
Logan’s family are his biggest fans with mum Krysta, dad Drew, and brothers Brody, 7, and Nate, 6, making sure they were there for the championship to cheer him on.
Mum Krysta Browning said she could not be prouder of her son’s achievement.
“It is a huge accomplishment for him, and at his age the world is his oyster and can only improve,” she said.
“Proud is an understatement, having our son competing at the level that was there was an achievement within itself and no matter where he was to finish we were proud.”
“He showed true strength and determination as each race approached, and he never gave up and most importantly he had an absolute ball whilst there,” she said.
At the age of just two, Logan took to two wheels like a duck to water and within three years he was riding competitively, showing plenty of promise in motocross.
And he never shies away from the hard work needed to continually improve.
Ms Bowning said Logan just loved the sport.
“Logan lives for Motocross. If he isn’t at the track racing or training he will be at home watching Motocross or supercross,” she said.
“He got the interest from his dad who has always enjoyed riding. We got him into the sport at a young age and now it is something he loves to do.”
Ms Browning said he rides most weekends and receives coaching from supercross rider Sam Martin.
Asked if she gets nervous watching her son ride, Ms Browning admits it can be “nerve wrecking.”
“Knowing if something were to go wrong, you are not allowed on the track at all, and all you can hope for is your child crosses the finish line with all limbs in-tact,” said.
And with only 12 months to go, Logan will begin training soon to qualify for next year’s 2018 World Motocross Championship which will again be hosted in Horsham.