Has distinction of being academy's first motocross rider

For the first time in its 10 year history, the South West Academy of Sport can boast a motocross rider among its athletes.

Harvey teenager Mat Fabry is the young gun who is blazing a trail at SWAS by being the first in a motorsport to be part of the academy’s popular individual athlete support program.

It is little wonder the state number one plate holder was selected to be part of the academy’s stable of talent, with the TAFE student having carved out an enviable career on the track in his 17 years.

Since Fabry began competing at age four, the speedster has clocked up a long-list of achievements in the sport that he lives and breathes.

A highlight for Fabry was winning the 13 to 14 years 125cc class at the 2015 Australian Junior Motocross Championships.

This year’s feats include competing at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championship in Horsham, and claiming the 250cc division at the Manjimup 15,000.

Most recently, in his first year competing as a senior, Fabry took out the MX2 class of the 2018 WAMX State Motocross Championships at the penultimate race in the series held in Coastal Park in Henderson during September.

“Going into the first year of seniors, I knew it was going to be a little more intimidating with some of the bigger boys in that class. But I just knew that I had to be strong in the head and be confident. And I took that straight into the first round at Manjimup,” Fabry said.

The 17-year-old crossed the finish line second in second place in Manjimup, before going on to lead the charge for the remainder of the series and claiming five out of six red plates.

“It was definitely a good confidence booster from the first round, and going into the second round it made me more keen and hungry just to get a win. And I just carried that momentum throughout the year to get the title,” Fabry said.

“Going into the last round I knew I had to keep it up on two wheels and just basically keep doing what I was doing throughout the year and managed to bring home the title in the first race.“It was definitely cool getting my first MX2 title in my first year, and hopefully see what I can do next year.”

Fabry thanked all his sponsors and supporters including his family, team manager Peter Strickland, Bee Firm NRG, Five Star Yamaha, Yamaha Motor Australia and SWAS.