An ecstatic Jake McMahon raises his arms in delight after streeting the field to win yesterday’s Burnie Wheel at West Park.JAKE McMahon was an appropriate winner of a Burnie Wheel named in memory of fellow Launceston rider Will Robinson.
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The teenager has been staying at the Robinson family’s caravan at Ulverstone to contest this week’s carnivals series and said it was as special to receive the Will Robinson Memorial Trophy as it was the $6000 first prize.

Robinson won the Burnie Wheel in 2010 but died in a training accident later that year.

“You have no idea how much this means to me, it just means a helluva lot and I’m so stoked,” McMahon said.

“I only got a chance to ride home with Will a couple of times and did not know him too well but I’ve become good friends with Tom and James so it’s so special that this is in memory of their brother.”

The 17-year-old Pure Tasmania rider established the biggest winning margin in the event’s 95-year history having started the 3000-metre event off 210m and was swift to thank his coach Jamie Perry and team manager Nigel Baker.

The carnival’s only two scratchmen, Ben Kersten, of New South Wales, and Swiss Franco Marvulli, both made the final and worked with German Marcel Barth to get into contention.

Four-time world track champion Marvulli led the pack home in second but was barely within direct sight of McMahon. Tasmanian Tim Walker, who started alongside the winner off 210m, finished third.

“We had a lot of good backmarkers coming at us so I’m stoked to hold on to the win,” McMahon said.

“I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure I had it won. I had to double-check before I put the arms up in the air.”

Asked what he would do with his winnings, he added: “My mum will probably make me put it in the bank.”

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