A teenage motorbike rider from Bright has been crowned Victorian Off-Road Series champion.
Aidan Parmesan was undefeated in the Under-18B category, winning races all over the state and also taking out the 'whip off' competition for high jumps at the Pineapple Express mountain bike event.
COVID forced the last few rounds of the season to be cancelled but Parmesan's triumph has now been officially confirmed.
"When I got told, I was pretty excited," he said.
"It's big to win a whole Victorian title.
"I thought I had a chance to make the top-five this year but I wasn't expecting to win.
"I went to the gym a few times and I was riding my mountain bike nearly every night trying to get fitter so I came in feeling pretty good."
Parmesan races on single-track courses in the bush and has competed in the enduro series for the last five years.
"I grew up riding and there aren't a lot of motocross tracks around here," he explained.
"All my friends and family have always ridden around the local bush area.
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"It's a great buzz. You're pretty much by yourself, just focused on what's ahead.
"It can be really dangerous. There can be hidden roots, hidden rocks and the tracks change every lap.
"There could be a rider on a blind corner and the slightest mistake can cost you.
"I used to just race for fun but it's turned out well this year.
"I've got a full-time job as a carpenter now so I'm focusing on that but I'll keep racing for as long as I can."
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