A nine-year-old pocket rocket from Anglesey is aiming to make a big splash in his second season in the mad and muddy world of motocross – on a bigger, more powerful bike.
Kyle Jeffcoate, from Holyhead, cut a dash in his first year in the rough and tumble of this fast-paced sport and is looking ahead to more competition when the new season starts this spring.
He has been backed by leading storage company Lock Stock Self-Storage who have 20 storage parks across North Wales and Cheshire including one in Holyhead where Kyle’s dad, Darren, provides the security service.
Kyle might be small in stature but he made a big impression in his first full season in the Cheshire North West Schoolboys Series, competing in the 50cc class and finishing fourth overall and qualifying for the Cheshire team for the National Championships at Oxford where they finished fourth.
Darren, a keen motocross rider himself, explained: “I’ve always preferred bikes to cars and I’ve got two motorbikes, one of them a motocross machine.
“Kyle had a go because his older brother, Koren, took it up but he’s stuck at it and has the talent so after a few lessons we thought we’d chuck him in the deep end and he’s done really well.
“He has now moved up from the 50cc KTM bike to a 65cc version with gears which will do more than 60 mph and he has spent the winter getting used to it at various sites across the UK.”
Kyle, a pupil at Ysgol Rhyd y Llan, at Llanfaethlu, will again be competing in the Cheshire Series with the first event scheduled for March but before that there’s a series of other events and races and he’s also set his sights on the Lucas Oil Kids’r’Us Championships and a series of other races over the next 12 months.
Holyhead Storage Site Manager Lee Hanson said: “Young Kyle is very good and it will be great to see him competing.
“It’s brilliant that we’re able to help young Kyle. Lock Stock do support so many good causes and charities and like to get involved in the communities where they operate.”
Darren added: “He’s got the enthusiasm and determination to get to the front – he doesn’t like being behind anyone.
“In his class the bikes are quick and he’ll be up against boys who are bigger and older than he is and we’re just grateful to Lock Stock for helping give him this chance.”