Passion for speed showed out early 6th February 2007, 6:00 WST
The devastated family of 25-yearold motorcyclist Levi Di Candilo, who was killed when his road bike ploughed into a wall at Barbagallo Raceway on Sunday, said he had told them “if he went early that was the way he wanted to go”.
“He lived on the edge and loved life and did everything to the max,” his sister Paula Di Candilo, 21, said yesterday. “He had no fear of anything.”
Struggling to cope with the tragedy, his father John Di Candilo, a former road racing champion and supporter of the sport for 30 years, said Levi was a “natural on a bike”.
Mr Di Candilo was with his son on Sunday at the Wanneroo circuit when he died. “He was going into turn one and we don’t know what happened but he locked the back wheel up and went straight into the back wall,” he said.
Levi had a passion for speed from a young age and by 15 was racing go-karts and then moved on to Formula Ford lightweight racing cars. He showed immediate talent on two wheels when he started road racing in 2004, being named rookie of the year and runner-up in that year’s 250cc State championships.
In 2005, he moved up to the Superstock class on a Honda 600cc and won the Stars of Tomorrow event and in 2006 took out the Superstock series.
A professional career was beckoning and he had planned to ride this year for the Australian Honda Race Team, Mr Di Candilo said. “I taught him everything and did all his bike preparation,” he said.
“When he started riding I took him up to the racetrack because it was too dangerous on the road.
“We always taught him that if you see an opening go for it, but make sure you let them know you are coming through. His tactics were clean but hard.”
Levi went to Morley Primary School and Guildford Grammar and worked in the family steel construction business in Bayswater.