Kyogle biker shows courage in ripping Lakeside performance
FEAR can be a powerful driver but Kyogle motorcycle racer Justin Hall has demonstrated his ability to conquer it.
Hall showed little regard for his own safety while racing his Honda RS125 motorbike at Lakeside Park circuit recently.
Competing in the Australian Historic Road Race Championships and with a win in sight after having sped through the field, the 21-year-old road racer eyed the crash barriers on the car-oriented track with trepidation.
But rather than back off the throttle at the hazardous layout near Brisbane, Hall harnessed his adrenaline to score a win in the 125cc class.
"It was great to win. It was definitely a bit nerve wracking racing on that track though," he said.
"It's not really a moto track, it's a car track and if you crash you'll get pretty badly hurt. Wasn't a good feeling."
There is however no doubt that sending his competition packing was a good feeling for the up-and-coming member of North Coast Road Racers.
Speaking to The Northern Star about the September 27-28 meet, at which he also placed second in the 250cc class, Hall (pictured) said he was excited about the future as he continues to develop his riding skills.
"Going into it, I was pretty confident with my racing ability," he said.
"Every weekend I'm on the bike practising. I'm mainly on the 125cc at the moment.
"I'd love to race superbikes eventually."
Hall's dream of racing the highly modified production vehicles is certainly within reach, as he continues to rise through the classes.
"Next year will probably be the one where I'm stepping up to 300cc (class). That should be pretty interesting," he said.
As well as racing in one-off events, Hall competes in the Short Course Australian Road Race (SCARR) series but is moving away from that format.
"It's good practise, good fun, but it's only a little club," he said.
"I've been missing SCARR events lately to try and do better with the one-off stuff."
Despite his evident skills, Hall only began road racing about three years ago.
"I got offered to go and check it out by a mate and I guess I got hooked after that," he said.
"I rode motocross before that though, mainly to keep fit."
Interestingly, Hall does not hold a motorbike licence for public roads, preferring to keep the danger confined to the track.