Australia dirt bike hero Jono Porter, 1981 – 2004
Jonothan (Jono) Porter, Australia’s own dirt bike hero, passed away
peacefully at Nambour Hospital in Queensland. The 23 year old from
Gladstone, QLD has been fighting for his life since an accident during
the Maxxis Tyres Australian Motocross Championship at Coolum,
Queensland on Sunday.
Jono’s parents Doug and Cathy and his sister Rowena have been touched
and warmed by the outpouring of well wishes for Jono, particularly
through the tributes pages on the Australian Motocross website www.ozmotox.com where hundreds of fans sympathized with a sense of great loss in the dirt bike industry.
Porter rose to general public fame back in 2001 when he nailed his
famed backflip and won the Planet X Games in freestyle riding. He also
had back to back wins at the Melbourne Supercross Masters in 2002. Much
like Travis Pastrana of the USA, Jono could compete at the top level in
Freestyle one weekend, then win races the next weekend.
Management of his established race team, Troy Lee Designs Maxima Suzuki
have committed to keeping his dream alive and will continue to support
his team mate, Barry Morris through the season with the wishes of his
family and assistance of Suzuki.
The Porter Family would like to thank all those who sent their
condolences and wish that everyone remember him for the great fun
loving guy that he was, not with sadness but remembering all the happy,
awe-inspiring and funny times as he entertained us all.
A farewell gathering will be held for Jono at his home town in Gladstone next week. Details will be posted on the website www.ozmotox.com
Jono lived for the industry and died doing what he loved.
In lieu of flowers, Jono’s family have chosen to remember his life by
giving back to the very children that he gave so much of his personal
time to at the Make A Wish Foundation. Donations can be made in honor
of Jonothan Porter on-line at www.makeawish.org.au
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