Rider breaks record with win

Lorne motocross prodigy Callum Norton won a record-breaking fourth title at the 2015 Penrite Hattah Desert Race. PHOTO: John Hamilton

Lorne motocross prodigy Callum Norton won a record-breaking fourth title at the 2015 Penrite Hattah Desert Race. PHOTO: John Hamilton

LORNE motocross prodigy Callum Norton raced his way to a record-breaking fourth title at one of Australia’s most gruelling desert races for motorcycles.

Norton, an Australian junior motocross champion, won the challenging 250cc 13-u16 class in the 2015 Penrite Hattah Desert Race, on board his Husqvarna 250 in a time of 2:04:21.329.

The 14-year-old said he was ecstatic to win his fourth straight title after having complications with his bike throughout the day.

“It was awesome to win it again. I’ve competed in it four times and I’ve won it four times. It’s one of my favourite races of the year,” Norton said.

“In the first lap of the race I got a nice little gap on second, and my bike started breaking down a bit and losing power,” he said.

“It was overheating so I had to slow down a bit so it didn’t blow up on me.

“I dropped back to second and I was there for three or four laps. The guy in first also had bike troubles.

“His bike started to overheat as well and I ended up getting back into the lead and with a couple of laps to go I had a big gap on second and ended up winning it so it was good,” he added.

Norton has one more year competing in Junior Big Wheel class before he can go up against the likes of five-time senior Hattah champion Toby Price.

“I was watching the seniors on Sunday and it’d be awesome to compete against those guys,” Norton said.

Meanwhile, Norton is also sitting third in the 250cc A Grade class at the 2015 Victorian Junior Motocross Championships.

The final round takes place at Newborough next month.

“I’ve ridden Blue Rock a few times and hopefully I can go well there and bring the title home,” Norton said.

The youngster also plans to compete at the 2015 Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Western Australia in September.

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