Theft stalls campaign

Shaun and Jake Lee had their motorbikes stolen recently. Picture: Bruce Hunt d426296
Shaun and Jake Lee had their motorbikes stolen recently. Picture: Bruce Hunt d426296

Shaun (15) and Jake Lee (16) are both A-grade riders for WA Junior Motocross Club and are now relying on borrowed bikes to see out the racing calendar.

Their locked $9000 Yamaha YZ125 bikes were stolen in the early hours of September 2.

For the past three years, the Lee brothers have claimed the WA Junior Motocross Club’s fairest and best award, with Jake winning last year and Shaun claiming the title in 2011 and 2012.

Jake was also ranked third in WA last year and for several years, Shaun has been in the top 10.

Shaun said the tight knit motocross community was on the lookout for the stolen bikes and had already raised about $3000 to help the brothers to replace their bikes.

‘We will finish this season off, do what we can with the fundraising, then we will see what we can do for next year,’ he said.

‘To everyone that’s been involved in helping us out through social media, bike loans and fundraising, we owe a huge thank you.’

Jake woke up on September 2 to find the locks on their bikes had been cut.

The machines had been wheeled away through a gate at the side of the house.

‘Jake woke me up in the morning and told me that the bikes were gone and at first I just didn’t believe him because I was in a bit of shock,’ Shaun said.

‘We went out and realised everything was gone and we got pretty angry.’

The brothers cannot afford to replace the bikes but want to continue racing to follow their ambition to compete in national events.

It was the second motor racing-related theft in the area this year.

On May 30, Steve Bamford and his son, Dylan had $43,000 worth of go-kart racing equipment stolen from their Netherwood Road inHigh Wycombe residence.

Only the stolen trailer was recovered.

Forrestfield Police Senior Sergeant Wally Brierley said there were several trail bike thefts recently.

‘What we are seeing is a lot of these thefts come from places with unlocked sheds or gates, so we encourage people to be vigilant by locking up,’ he said.