For those who know Wayne Hepburn within the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), you identify him as a former racer himself, having competed in the Australian Superbike, Superstock 1000 and Prostock Championship. On top of that, he is the face of the Next Gen Motorsports team, being the team manager/part owner of the Victorian based outfit.
However, there is a lot more you may not know about this 53-year-old laid back character. For example, did you know Hepburn was born in Gisborne, New Zealand, which is a city on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
From the age of three he called Australia home, living in Victoria ever since. His introduction to the world of motorcycling was at the age of 14, when he brought himself a SL70 out of his hard-earned money.
In 1991, aged 25, Hepburn then brought his first ever road bike, which was a VTR1000 Firestorm. As the saying goes, the rest is history…. His love for road bikes was then found.
In the last few years gone by, Hepburn has been big into taking part on adventure rides such as The GS Safari aboard his BMW 1250 GSA HP!
Away from the two-wheel department, Hepburn has built himself up an empire with his own business in the concreting service. In fact, Hepburn has over 30 years’ experience producing residential slabs across Melbourne for Victoria’s top building companies and private builders alike!
That is just a small snippet of the man himself… And here are a bunch of questions below which might also help paint a bigger picture of who Wayne Hepburn is.
D.O.B. 22nd October 1966
Nickname: Hulk and Hep.
Facebook: Wayne Hepburn
Where do you live? Beaconsfield Upper, which is 45 km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, located within the Shire of Cardinia local government area.
Day Job: Director of Hepcon Concreting, located in Pakenham, Victoria
Racing achievement you are most proud of: I have two achievements I’m proud of. The first one is of course being the first Privateer team to win the Australian Superbike Championship back in 2011 with Glenn Allerton. And the other one is, being P1 in Australian Superbike Superpole at Queensland Raceway in 2009. I was P1 in Superpole on the big screen. As there were only thirteen riders in that session, I was the first one to start. I was in first position for about a minute and a half, until the next rider came around. I managed to PB on that flying lap by two and a half seconds by posting a 1min16.359. That was the first time I have ever done a flying lap.
Hidden talent: I don’t know if it’s a talent, but its determination!
Favourite track and why? I actually really enjoy Hidden Valley in Darwin. It’s short and easy to remember (laughs). It’s certainly not to confusing for someone such as myself. It’s an enjoyable circuit and we have always had fun when we have gone to the Top End.
Favourite sport besides motorcycle racing? I love my push bikes, so cycling, mountain bike riding, surfing, when I get a chance and don’t mind a bit of swimming as well.
What can’t you live without? Apart from my lovely family, I can’t live without a goal in life. I always have to have something to aim for and motivates me.
Favourite holiday destination? Hands down, it would have to be Bali. I’ve been there almost twenty times over the years. Its easy to get to and its close as well. On top of that, its very relaxing. Very nice part of the world.
Favourite movie? To tell you the truth, I’m really big on movies. However, if I had to pick a movie, I would have to say The Shawshank Redemption.
Favourite TV show: Hawaii Five-0! It makes me feel as if I’m on holidays.
Favourite food? Long pause…. It used to be steak. However, in the last few years I have gone off meat. So, favourite food these days would be Chow mein.
If you could be any superhero for one day, who would you be? Iron Man!
What is your favourite type of music/band or artist? Can’t go past Nickelback for sure. That’s my pick for a favourite band.
Greatest inspiration and why: Seeing ‘normal people’ succeed in life. It lets me know that anything is possible, so I can do it as well.
Who is your racing hero? Glenn Allerton. He has ben a big part of the Next Gen Motorsports family and has been a great asset to both us and the BMW Motorrad branding.
Pub crawl or dinner for two? I would like to say pub crawl…. But I would get into trouble. So, dinner for two with my lovely wife, Julie.
If you could spend a day with any motorcycle racer, past or present, who would it be and why? Colin Edwards. He has a good sense of humour and I just believe I would have a lot of fun with him.
Two stroke or four strokes? I used to be 100% two strokes. However, these days the four strokes are just so good, so I say four strokes now days.
Speedway or Motocross? Motocross. While I appreciate what speedway riders do, motocross is just next level!
MotoGP or WorldSBK? World Superbikes for me. Purely and simply because I can relate to it. Its achievable for people, such as the Next Gen Motorsports team. Obviously, we have competed in the WorldSBK Championship as wildcards at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Laguna Seca. So yeah, World Supers for me.
Who is the most famous person you have in your phone contacts? Nathan Webb. Doesn’t get any more famous than that (laughs).