For Cameron Taylor, motocross is no longer about winning trophies but enjoying a ride and catching up with mates.
Fortunately the former Australian motocross champion has won lots of trophies in his career, but will once again be twisting the throttle to the fullest, when he takes to the track next weekend for the second round of the Honda Genuine Parts & Accessories 2016 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships Presented by Bridgestone at Colac on April 23-24.
Cameron, now 43-years-young, currently leads the Over 40s class by 13 points over Bendigo’s Craig Rutherford and Macclesfield’s Mike Reefman at the state’s premier motocross completion for seniors.
Cameron, from Pearcedale, was one of the last Victorians to win a professional national motocross title in 2005, and says he still enjoys riding whenever he can. “Most of my riding nowadays involves getting on the bike when I’m coaching the kids but I still enjoy competing.
“The opening round at Blue Rock (in Gippsland on March 5-6) was pretty good,” Cameron said. “The track started out quite good in practice and racing but towards the end of the day turned sketchy. It was just a matter of riding to track conditions really,” Cameron, who won all three of his races, added.
Cameron, also won a motocross title in 1993 and a national supercross title in 2004, says he is looking forward to again competing at the Colac Motorcycle Club next weekend. “I’ve had coaching schools there but I haven’t raced there since the 90s. I enjoy the sandy surface, it should be a good round,” he added.
Cameron has also won a Veteran 40 Plus championship at the MX Nationals in 2015 and 2014, however, he doesn’t focus too much on winning trophies anymore but still enjoys riding with his mates at the track.
“Winning a Vet Victorian title is not a major goal nowadays. I’ve achieved a fair bit throughout my career but at the same time I still enjoy racing.
“At the last round, I went along with my mates and hung out with them for the day, so for me it’s more about catching up with my mates and having fun rather than competing,” Cameron said.
Asked what advice he could give to any aspiring motocross champions in the sport, Cam replied: “You’ve got to have goals and do whatever it takes to reach those goals. Make those goals realistic, set goals that are achievable, and do everything that you can to achieve them,” Cameron said.
“I’d really like to thank Y-AIM Yamaha Motor Australia, without them I wouldn’t have the bikes to ride to do some racing,” he added. You can follow Cameron’s progress throughout the year by visiting: www.camerontaylormx.com.
Entries for the second round of the VSMXC at Colac close on Monday, April 18 at 7PM: https://cloudentries.com.au/Event/EventForm/3504.
For further information please visit: www.motorcyclingvic.com.au.