He says: “I did better than I thought I would when I first came over, and better than a lot of people thought I’d do. Winning the world junior title was obviously a big moment, it showed that I was right to take the risk."
“Last year was hard, I struggled a bit. I had a lot of changes in my personal life and there was more pressure. I was an established rider and I just had a bit more on my shoulders, but I’m feeling good about this season and I’ve worked really hard to get back to where I should be."
“I have a good setup in Poland now. My girlfriend and my son are with me, we’ve got a house, we’re happy and we have no reason to change anything. I’ve learned a little bit of Polish and my young fella, Eddie, he’ll learn it from early and that’ll be cool."
“My girlfriend has been amazing, she had only been to Poland for a month before she decided to move over with me. She gave up her life back home so we could all be together as a family, she doesn’t care what she does, where she lives, what she lives in, as long as we’re all together she’s happy – I’m pretty lucky.”
Whilst Lidsey’s adopted home city of Leszno may not be Mildura, they share a lot in common. Speedway is, in both places, the beating heart, and one man brings that together more than any other, as Jaimon explains.
“Leigh (Adams) is still the king of Leszno! Even now, after all these years, the fans chant his name at the stadium and wherever you go they know who he is."
“He has always been a bit of a mentor figure to me, he’s helped from when I was 13/14 and he’s always been there to give me advice. He was the one who set me up with Unia Leszno, and I’m still in touch with him all the time."
“When I am home I go and see him a fair bit and we’ll have a coffee or a few beers, but when I’m in Poland he is like a God! It’s pretty cool that to me he’s a normal guy who I can call up and ask for advice, but honestly, you can’t compare anyone to him. He was just unreal, so, so good at what he did. I know we are from the same place and both have the Leszno connection but you can’t compare anyone to Leigh.”
It is possible, probably even likely, that young riders will one day talk of Lidsey in the same breath as his mentor. Even now, he is somewhat of a trailblazer for his compatriots.
“I think I probably have showed some of the other Aussie boys that there is a different way to do it. After I moved here you saw a few of us do the same and now there’s more Aussies living in Poland than before. I don’t really see myself as someone who has blazed a trail, I just did what I had to do at the time. If that’s inspired a few other young guys then even better.”
Lidsey, as his career so far has shown, is perhaps the embodiment of the mantra ‘he who dares wins’ and, it is that attitude that brought him into the Monster family.
“After I won the world title I thought bloody hell I need to capitalize on this! I wanted to try and get a big sponsor on board, I knew it was my chance to do it. I dropped Joe Parsons (Monster Energy director of special projects, EMEA) a DM on Instagram and he replied ‘I’ve been waiting for you to get in touch!’"
“Within two days we had a deal and within a week we’d signed contracts and I was a Monster athlete – it was pretty wild. When you’re a little kid you dream of being part of Monster, you see all the guys in motorsport who have worn the helmet and you dream of it being you one day, wearing the Monster cap and being part of it. It’s amazing really and I am desperate to be successful wearing the claw.”
Jaimon’s story to date is one of sacrifice and perseverance, of struggle and success.
He’s already shown that there is no barrier he’s not willing to overcome, and if the door doesn’t open straight away, sometimes you just have to beat it down. If he says he’s desperate to be successful, you’d be foolish to bet against him.