Battista’s Bash to be run and won on October 22
This Special Annual Event began in 2008 after Matt Battista, 25-time State Motocross Champion, and 2007 WA Superbike Champion, was left a complete paraplegic following a horrific racing incident at Barbagallo Raceway 28th June 2008 whilst defending his title.
Matt’s long time Motocross Club – Coastal – hosted a benefit event and called it Battista’s Bash to raise funds to assist with the bills and changes that were about to unfold for Matt and his family.
The success of the event now sees it in its fourth year and the Club donates part profit from the event to Maulla Inc ATF Matt Battista Trust and other charities selected by the Club’s committee.
Matt never gives up hope of walking again and maintains a strict fitness regime to ensure his body can sustain the countless problems that come with his disability.
He is now a single parent looking after two small children and working part-time at Five Star Yamaha. He is an inspiration to everyone around him.
Come along for a fun day of Motocross 22nd October 2011 all details on www.maullainc.com
– Battista Family Message
As you will be aware, our son Matt “Maulla” Battista suffered serious spinal injuries in a road racing incident on 29th June 2008. The last 2 years have had high and low moments for Matt and all of our family. Today we as a family have the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful people who have shown love, support and encouragement to our son Matt and his young family – son Jett and daughter Tiah.
Over the two years Matt has had two visits to Germany for Stem Cell treatment, including an eight-hour operation to repair his spine. His shoulder has been reconstructed, although he is still in discomfort and may need to have another operation. With all the additional problems Matt has endured over the last two years he is an inspiration to all from his arduous fitness regime to maintain his health and wellbeing, to looking after his young family and working at 5 Star Yamaha in Hamilton Hill, and still actively following his love for Motocross.
From the time Matt was nine years of age, our family has been a member of Coastal Motorcycle Club and it is through this club that we have had the most fun in motorcycling, and have made life long friends.
The Annual Battista Bash is a wonderful fundraising event organised by Coastal Motorcycle Club and Matt, my wife Tina and I are overwhelmed at the show of family unity from this Club, their members, volunteers and local businesses who work tirelessly to bring the whole fundraising event together.
From our hearts, we thank every single one of you.
Love, friendship and camaraderie are what this sport has that is different from all others.