Friends pay tribute to Jono Porter
ONE year ago Ben Saul, Duncan Kennedy and Andrew Mylne lost one of their best friends, a friend they happily shared with the rest of Gladstone.
Well known professional motocross rider Jono Porter died on June 9 last year after a riding accident in Coolum, shattering the entire Gladstone community.
However no one was as affected by the untimely death as Jono's family and friends.
The three friends spoke with The Observer this week at the Benaraby motocross track, a place where they rode along side Jono on many occasions.
"He was just a great guy, always really positive and he always had heaps of time for anyone, not just those involved in Motocross,'' Mylne said.
"He always had so much ener-gy, he was always the one to organise stuff and get us motivated.''
In an ironic twist, Mylne was so taken by Jono's riding ability he actually got his autograph before becoming one of his closest friends.
The three lads said they would probably remember Jono tonight by having a few drinks in his honour.
The three former riders credit Porter with inspiring them to take up the sport, believing his influence helped launch the local motocross scene.
Porter was a well respected rider amongst the Australian motocross fraternity, rising to fame after perfecting the backflip on his motorbike, a move that secured him a PlanetX Summer Games gold medal.