Warnbro teen Gavin Heggs getting shot to be put on Moto-X map


Gavin Heggs is keen to foster local talent.
Gavin Heggs is keen to foster local talent.

YOUNG motocross rider Gavin Heggs has set his sights on helping WA’s next generation of riders, founding a youth development team.

The 17-year-old, from Warnbro, started Twist It Moto to help young riders get a foothold in the notoriously tough and expensive sport.

Twist It Moto helps talented riders with coaching as well as providing sponsorship advice and financial assistance.

Heggs said he wanted to build a WA team to rival those in the eastern states and give young West Aussies a pathway that did not involve moving across the country.

“To do any good, you have to go over there, but we’re trying to turn it around and show people you don’t have to go over to Queensland or wherever,” he said.

“Motocross isn’t as popular here as it is over there, so we’re trying to grow the sport here in WA.”

Heggs has been racing since he was five, but recently realised he has just as much talent off the track as he does on it.

He said while it was lean times for the team early on, progress has been steady since.

“To start off with it was hard to even get a couple of sponsors on board with the team so we could actually build it up,” he said. “We only had three sponsors, but it was enough to kick it off.

“But once people started seeing we were actually getting out there and we were serious about what we were doing, more people came on board with us.”

“I’m only 17 and not many people think you’re serious at that age, but it’s always been a dream and a passion for me to start helping other people and building a race team.”