JAKE Dixon first joined the Gladstone District Dirtriders club when he was seven.

In fact, his family helped build the track at Benaraby.

Now 19, Dixon remembers a time when he was young with not much experience and when his talented idol, Jono Porter, helped him learn the ropes.

Porter frequently gave him advice and smiling encouragement, Dixon said.

"I was born in Gladstone and grew up here, then we moved away to Blackwater about eight years ago," he said.

"I have fond memories of those days, especially with Jono teaching me the bigger jumps. He was always helping out."

This year marks the ninth Jono Porter memorial weekend for the Dirtriders club, and the last that riders like Dixon will be able to ride in.

Dixon has attended almost all of the JP Memorial rounds, something that means a lot to all of the riders who grew up idolising Porter.

Although this is the last time Dixon can ride in the event, he is not going to lose the connection to Porter, with a tattoo on his back commemorating his mentor.



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