A 36-year-old Warrenheip motorbike rider who was caught overtaking a car around Lake Wendouree at 86km/h has been taken off the road for a year.
Ashley Parry appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to speeding and careless driving.
The court heard police attempted to intercept Parry after seeing him overtake the car on a motorcycle at 7.55pm on December 31.
Parry turned onto Sturt Street where he was then seen accelerating hard and lifting his wheel into the air for 10-15 metres.
At the Gillies Street traffic lights he was seen lifting his wheel for a second time, this was for 25-30 metres in front of a number of cars.
Representing himself in court, Parry said the bike was his brothers and had since been sold.
He said while he often road motorcycles in bushland, he had not driven a powerful bike on suburban roads before.
Parry also said he was riding from Warrenheip to Alfredton on the night and just wanted to get home for New Years.
"It was a silly mistake," he said.
"There is no excuse, I'm sorry."
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said he took into account the fact Parry expressed responsibility for his actions, but also Parry's prior convictions for speeding.
"Lifting wheels off the road in a built-up area places other drivers at risk," he said.
Parry was convicted and fined $1300. He was also suspended from driving for 12 months.