Motocross riders honour Jono Porter
By KELLI DOWNEYkelli@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IT broke his heart to watch, but it was something Doug Porter had to do.
After months of endless preparations with partner Karen Saul, Mr Porter on Saturday night paid a final tribute to his beloved son Jono with the hosting of the Jono Porter Memorial Stadium Motocross in Rockhampton.
The event was in honour of the legendary motocross rider who died on June 9 after competing in the Mr Motocross Outdoor National Titles at Coolum.
With almost five months now passed, Mr Porter sadly admitted it was the first time he had watched racing since the death of his son.
'It was painful,' Mr Porter said.
'In particular when Jono's class (pro lites) was racing.'
Joined by Ms Saul and daughter Rowena and son-in-law Andrew, Mr Porter said the event was an extremely emotional outpouring for the entire family.
He said the night was going great until a massive thunderstorm struck about 7pm, minutes before the main racing program was to begin.
However not to be denied a fitting final tribute for his son, Mr Porter said racing resumed again yesterday morning.
'Despite it being washed out the night before the crowd all came back to watch the action which was great,' Mr Porter said.
'As far as the memorial event goes it wraps it up and means we now need to move on.'
Mr Porter admits to still being undecided if he will continue organising stadium motocross events or make a quiet departure from the scene.
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