Port Elliot Primary School student Ashley Jansen-Batchelor wins Rising Star award with Motorcycling South Australia

YOUNG AND FAST: Ashley Jansen-Batchelor has been nominated for the Rising Star Award with Motorcycling South Australia. PHOTO: Judy Mackay.

YOUNG AND FAST: Ashley Jansen-Batchelor has been nominated for the Rising Star Award with Motorcycling South Australia. PHOTO: Judy Mackay.

There are many young achievers in the Fleurieu community and there is an 11-year-old Port Elliot Primary School student that is 'fast' becoming a big name in the sport of motor bike racing.

Ashley Jansen-Batchelor has been nominated for the Rising Star Award with Motorcycling South Australia for his achievements in the Sport of Speedway Racing.

Ashley's achievements are miraculously happening in his first full year of competitive junior speedway solo racing. This year he has been awarded Highest B Grade points scorer, 'Shane Parker Award' for most improved and 'Best Presented Bike'.

This included a third in the ANZAC Medal and Presidents Cup, second in the Baker Bitmead Cup and third in the Roy Bitmead Memorial Trophy.

Ashley was pleasantly surprised when he received the email that he was nominated. The awards night is on November 23, at the Titanium Security Arena in Findon.

Ashley doesn't race locally anymore, but did start off racing Flat Track at the Mud N Tars Motorcycle Club when he was only four-years-old.

Ashley's father Scott said the family took him to Gilman Speedway track for Flat Track practice in September 2017.

"That is when he was given the opportunity to try speedway and he has been hooked ever since. He raced both Flat Track and speedway for one season, but eventually he had to choose one and he chose speedway," Scott said.

"Ashley is very dedicated and passionate about the sport and hopes to race for a living one day in the UK or Europe."

Ashley in action. Photo: Judy Mackay.

Ashley in action. Photo: Judy Mackay.

Ashley would not be able to achieve his goals without the support of family and a number of sponsors.

"I have a number of sponsors that help with everything that is needed for a season such as ECO Waste, Death Collective, Wynns SA/NT, DC Anodising, Mongrel MCA for Wulfsports, The O'Connell Family Racing Team and Encounter Support Services. All of these sponsors I did not have before starting speedway, so I am very thankful," Ashley said.

"I also get a lot of support from my parents and Uncle Rob who helps keep my bikes running. Laurie O'Connell has helped and encouraged me a lot too."

Ashley has a mentor in ex-international rider Shane Bowes, who gave him his first go on a Speedway bike in 2017 and also gave him a lot of riding tips at the start.

"I love the sport because of the excitement I feel when I am racing and love the look of the bikes and how they sound," Ashley said.

It is a commitment to race Junior Speedway, but it is a commitment Ashley and his family are up for. The bikes have a 125cc engine and Ashley is a member of Sidewinders Under Sixteen Speedway Club Inc., which is at Wingfield, Ashley competes there every fortnight and coaching the other week.

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