RECENTLY crowned FIM World Under 21 Speedway Champion Jaimon Lidsey has returned to Sunraysia from Europe to celebrate a phenomenal speedway season.

Lidsey arrived back in Red Cliffs on Monday after spending two weeks in quarantine in Sydney’s Hilton Hotel, and on his return met his son Eddie for the first time.

“To be back in Australia is a relief. It looked like I would not be able to get back into Australia with what’s going on (COVID-19),” said Jaimon, Australia’s newest World Champion.

“Winning the World Under 21 Championship was definitely a highlight. I dreamt of it and worked hard over the years, so deep down I expected it within myself. I rode well this year and luck was on my side that night.

“I didn’t feel like I had won a World title until a few days later with people messaging me and when I looked back on the replay it sunk in. Now I know I’m a World Champion so it’s a pretty good feeling.

“Having that on your resume can’t get much better, it gives you a bit more negotiating power, but you can’t expect everything from it.

“I still have to race hard next year, and I haven’t finished yet. I still have more goals I want to achieve and want to keep improving.”

Lidsey, his partner Darcie Hargrave and his son will relocate to Poland next year where he will again ride for Unia Leszno as well as Vastervik in Sweden.

While his off-season will be spent with son Eddie and his family, Lidsey will still keep fit in preparation for 2021 with plenty of cycling and practice days at Mildura Speedway as well as some events in January.

“I want to be fit for next year and ready to race, so I will keep training and maybe have a little holiday some time,” Lidsey said.

“I want to keep improving and not go backwards. I’ve got good equipment under me and good people around me, as well as good mechanics but it’s all down to me at the end of the day. As long as I feel good, I know I can keep improving and race as much as I can.”

Lidsey attributes a large part of his success to the people who have helped him over many years.

“There are so many people I want to thank, from people that have helped back when I was a junior to those that help me now, my mum and dad, my grandparents, uncle and auntie, my partner and son for supporting me all the way.

“I want to thank everyone for getting out of bed to watch every meeting, and particularly my family who didn’t miss a meeting this year.

“Also, everyone that has sponsored me over the years to help me win this World Championship title. I can’t thank them enough.”

Under 21 World Champion Jaimon Lidsey with baby Eddie, 3 months and partner Darcie Hargrave