Junior motorcyclist and Year 8 Victor Harbor High School student Ashley Jansen-Batchelor has done the region proud, earning a silver medal at the 2021 NSW 125cc and 250cc Speedway Championships.
After six weeks off the bike battling an injury, Ashley arrived at the event raring to go.
Held in Woodstock, NSW on February 13 and 14, the Championships attracted some of the best junior riders from across the country.
The time off certainly did wonders, as Ashley dominated the 125cc competition from his first race.
After five heats he was the equal top points scorer with 12 points and ultimately came away with second place in the final.
The following day Ashley competed in his first ever race on a 250cc speedway bike and gained some valuable experience.
"It was a great way to come back from my injury where I broke a couple of ribs and it felt really good to be back on the bike," Ashley said.
"I was quite nervous for my first ever 250cc race and because I had not been able to ride for six weeks.
"There was some really good racing and I am happy to have come away with a good result of second in the 125cc Championship."
Ashley is now setting his sights on the Australian Championships in both the 125cc and 250cc categories, to be held in South Australia.
"I'd like to thank my Mum and Dad and uncle Rob for taking me all the way over to NSW, driving 12 hours each way," Ashley said.
"I am really happy to have made everyone proud competing in the sport that I love."