Thomas Richard Michael Toparis has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Tom Toparis is the current Australian Supersport Champion and at age 20 has already competed at the highest international levels in motorbike racing around the world.
Tom started riding dirt bikes in the paddocks of the family farm at Goulburn as a three-year-old, quickly becoming addicted to the thrill of motorbikes. He progressed to competition racing at the age of nine. In 2016 Tom was offered the opportunity to switch racing disciplines from motocross to road racing and soon began winning national races.
He became Australian Supersport Championship in 2019 aged 19, amassing a record 401 of a possible 407 points in the season, topped off with being named the RK Chains Australian Rider of the Year. Tom combined his 2019 Australian domination with a successful season in the German IDM Championship, commuting between Australia and Europe.
Following many successful wildcards around the world in Moto 3, World Supersport and the BSB, Tom was on track to represent Australia in Europe in the World Supersport Championship with the Dutch-based Benro Racing Team, until Covid-19 disrupted his 2020 ambitions.
Every racer’s ultimate dream is to race in the MotoGP. Tom has achieved this year when being accepted into the World Supersport Championship but sadly this has been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19. In the short-term, Tom is racing in the British Supersport Championship which is a very high-level competition. He has signed with a European team Benro Racing and continue to progress through the levels, hopefully back to World Supersport in 2021. When back in Australia, Tom will also aim to compete in the Australian Championship (ASBK).
Tom will continue to build his international career and continue to represent Australia in 2021.
Tom speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program: “It is such an honour to be a recipient of a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2021. SAHOF recognises Australia’s sporting elites and it is humbling to be acknowledged by the organisation. On a practical level, any type of motor racing is an expensive sport, and the scholarship funding will certainly assist me in pursing my goal of representing Australia successfully at the highest level. I am very grateful for the support of SAHOF and proud to be given this opportunity.”
Disciplines: Road Racing, Supersport 600
First & Current Club: Goulburn Motorcycle Club
Started: Riding at 3 years old & racing at 9 years old
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: Australian Supersport Champion
- 2019: RK Chains Samurai Award recipient, for best young Australian talent
- 2019: IDM German Championship – one race win and five podiums
- 2019: World Supersport Championship, Phillip Island – 11th Aussie Wildcard
- 2019: Wildcard entrant in the BSB Supersport championship at Assen – 2nd
- 2018: Australia Supersport Championship – 2nd
- 2017: Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island – Moto3 Wildcard
- 2017: Japanese MotoGP, Motegi – Debuted in Moto3 class
- 2018: World Supersport, Phillip Island, Australian wildcard entrant – finished 15th
- 2018: World Supersport 300, Czech Republic and Misano Italy – competitor
Last updated 14/09/2020