At a young age, Benny Novak knew he wanted to be a motorcross star.
He first took to a quad bike when he was just three years old.
Now, at 15, Benny is proving he can match it with some of the sports best.
The St Benedicts Oran Park student recently competed at the NSW State Titles in Port Macquarie – finishing on top of the podium.
Even the wet weather couldn’t dampen his determination. “Port Macquarie had over 100ml of rain the week of the event so that was going to make for an interesting weekend,” he said.
“It was very muddy and rained on and off over the long weekend.
“I had to be smart, I had to use my head. It was going to be a race of survival.
“I knew if I could get a good start and stay upright I had a good chance of winning.”
Success hasn’t come easy.
The extreme nature of the sport means riders are often left bruised and battered – in some cases, even worse.
Benny said he’d certainly had his “fair share” of setbacks including two injuries that resulted in helicopter rides to Westmead Children’s Hospital.
“It’s a hospital I know very well as I’m a heart patient and have been going there since I was born,” he said.
“I’ve had a few injuries (racing).
“I broke both wrists at the same time and was in full arm plaster, so that was fun.
I broke both wrists at the same time and was in full arm plaster, so that was fun.Benny Novak
“I’ve broken my shoulder, pelvis, tibia, humerus, wrist again about two months ago and most recently my pelvis again and tore my hamstring.
“I had to race the second last round of a major series and the NSW State Titles with this injury. I won both of those events.”
While stoked with his result at the NSW State Titles, the teenager said he had set the bar incredibly high when it came to goals in the sport.
He was intent on conquering the world.
“My dream is to be a world champion,” he said.
“My passion is racing. I want and will do everything I can to make a career out of racing motocross.”
He also paid tribute to his mum, dad and brother Kane, for supporting him and making the long trips to various events.