Ask anyone who knows him and they will tell you that nine-time Australian champ Paul Caslick is undoubtedly one of the youngest 48-year-olds in Australia, and his fitness and motivation to shove it into the young guys is at an all-time high.
Wading into a field of Australia's best dirt trackers, the Cessnock warrior went within an ace of winning the Temora Grand Slam, and with a spring in his step and a glint in his eye, there‰Ûªs no mistaking him for a rider out there to make up the numbers.
"The team has exceeded all expectations this year. Billy, there‰Ûªs nothing to him, but his heart is bigger than Phar Lap‰Ûªs and his ability is incredible. He listens and takes knowledge on board and he‰Ûªs got the makings of a future champion. A world champion if he wants to go down that road. He has a great attitude and a great family around him; there's nothing not to like about the guy." Caslick said.
"Max is just so smooth and unassuming that he makes it look effortless. You can't see how much he‰Ûªs actually putting in but he's giving it everything he's got and always wants more from himself. People forget Max Croker hasn't dirt tracked for two years - he's gone road racing - so for him to just jump straight into the dirt track deep end‰Û_ It‰Ûªs his first year on a 450, and he‰Ûªs never ridden on oil before, and he's gone to some of these meetings and finished top five against some of the country's most established oil track riders on a bike that's basically standard ‰ÛÒ he‰Ûªs been incredible.
"I think I proven that I'm as fast or faster than what I've ever been. My wife Dierdre has me in such a good place of self belief, I‰Ûªm doing more racing than what I planned to do, and I am coming to get ‰Û÷em, let me tell ya. When it comes to the Australian championships, I just come out in goosebumps just talking about it.
"I want to be on the grid, I want to feel that energy, I want to look at the gaps going into those first corners and know that I can jam that motorbike in there and I‰Ûªm gonna‰Ûª come out. I‰Ûªm just alive."
The Australian junior dirt track championships take place at Gunnedah New South Wales on August 5‰ÛÒ7, while the Australian senior dirt track championships take place on August 13‰ÛÒ14 at Barleigh Ranch, Eagleton, New South Wales.