QUANTONG motocross rider Cameron Grayson claimed a second-place finish at the Hattah Desert Race on Sunday.
Grayson, 17, and in his first year of senior racing, competed in the clubman under-40 class against about 60 riders.
The race consisted of four laps of a 38-kilometre track, which Grayson finished in just under two hours and 27 minutes.
The Wimmera teenager finished 26.13 seconds behind class winner Dave Robbins.
Grayson said it was a tough experience, and bike trouble on the final lap might have cost him the win.
“Everything went well except the back brakes failed on the lap,” he said.
“I had to use the front brakes and go a lot slower than I usually would.”
Grayson said he was pipped right at the end of the race.
“I was coming first all the laps except the last lap,” he said.
“They called out my name 10 minutes before I finished and I was still in front, but the guy behind me caught up.
“It was pretty shattering.”
The Barry Francis and GP Motorcycles sponsored-rider said getting prepared for the race had taken a lot of practice.
“You’ve got to have lots of fitness and speed,” he said.
“I just ride a lot on the bike – as much as I can.”