MOTOCROSS riders across the world would only dream to ride with Ricky Carmichael – arguably the greatest motocross rider of all time.
For Wonthaggi’s Harley Orpin, 14, the dream will become a reality when he visits the Ricky Carmichael University on December 5 for an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The keen motocross rider entered a competition through Utah motocross gear company, Rocky Mountain ATV, to win a day of training with the man known as The Goat – the greatest of all time.
The competition saw Harley write a resume including his attributes, what he’s achieved in life so far and what’s gone wrong along the way.
At 11, he broke his neck in a motocross accident. He’s also broken his wrist falling off a scooter and broke both wrists in a motocross accident in May this year.
He only recently returned to riding motorbikes and his luck turned around when he was one of 10 lucky Australians to win the prize of a one-day training session with the champion rider.
The Wonthaggi Secondary College student is excited to travel to Coolum, Queensland, to meet one of his motocross heroes.
“I’m stoked about it. I actually get the chance to meet Ricky Carmichael, let alone have him coach me and train with him,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to gaining confidence seeing I just broke my wrists, and also to improve on my skills set.”
Harley’s parents Mark and Trudi are also grateful for the opportunity their son has been given.
Mark will make the 2000km trip alongside Harley and is looking forward to the experience.
“I couldn’t think of a better opportunity for Harley to learn from someone with that many attributes and information to pass on,” Mark said.
“He’ll get to learn just about everything you need to know. There are a lot of aspects of riding that he does as instinct which is not right, so he’ll get to learn the right technique.
“By learning from these guys, he gets to learn the right technique and the right basics and he gets to take that home and hone those skills.”
Harley to learn from the best