Caleb Grothues is one of the most talented junior motocross riders – a fast and fearless excitement machine.
Born in Perth in 2000, Caleb started riding at the young age of seven. Caleb won his first National Championship after just one year on the bike, taking out the U7 to U9 category in convincing fashion.
By age 10, Caleb’s prodigious talent became well known across the country, with trade media making favourable comparisons to another Australian at the same age – international superstar, Chad Reed.
In 2012 Caleb cemented his position as Australia’s top junior rider by again winning the National Championship, before taking his show on the road – culminating in a World Championship victory in the 65cc class.
Later that year he was flown to Monte Carlo for FIM Championship Awards, where he was honoured alongside luminaries Antonio Carioli, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo and Ryan Villopoto.
In 2014 Caleb garnered significant training and racing experience throughout the world, and the results followed – podium finishes at the Australian Juniors, the world’s most prestigious races held at Loretta Lynn’s, Winter Thor Olympics “Mini O’s” and FIM Junior World Championships.
April 2015 looked to be the start of a new journey for Caleb as he entered into the first round of the FIM EMX 125cc Championships in Italy, but instead came to a crashing blow when an unexpected collision from another rider resulted in the amputation of his ring finger and pinkie resulting in a long strenuous 6 months of daily rehabilitation. With Doctors advising Caleb would never race again, this intelligent, hardworking and fiercely driven 15 year old was not about to let this come in the way of his dreams.
“The hardest thing about the accident was having a year off,” he said. “I lost a lot of training and fitness. Trying to get a lot of strength back through my hand was difficult, but we’ve come back strong.”
With the Australian Junior Nationals only two short month’s away Caleb’s driving force was only to move forward. After a few minor adjustments he was back on the bike training and out to achieve the goal he had set whilst laying in hospital in Italy with the lingering uncertainties if he would ever ride again. Once again, Caleb’s never quit attitude left everyone on their toes as he raced to a podium finish, narrowly missing first by 1 point due to bike failure.
In 2016 Caleb was awarded one of the five SAHOF Scholarships.
“When I got the call I was absolutely ecstatic. I was speechless,” Grothues said. “I couldn’t believe it had happened to be honest.”
“It was an honour to be acknowledged and hopefully I can be a good role model for others in the future.”
“I’m pumped to be involved with the people that have come through the program,” Grotheus said. “To see what they’ve done in other sports – it’ll help me get to where they are.”
Caleb has since been living in Germany competing at world level.