A nine-year-old pocket rocket from Anglesey aims to make a splash in its second season in the crazy and muddy world of motocross – on a bigger, more powerful motorcycle.
Holyhead’s Kyle Jeffcoate has launched his first year into the ups and downs of the fast-paced sport and expects more competition when the new season begins this spring.
It was backed by leading storage company Lock Stock Self-Storage which has 20 storage yards across North Wales and Cheshire, including one in Holyhead where Kyle’s father Darren provides security.
Kyle may be short in stature, but he made a strong 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 squad for the national championships in Oxford where they finished fourth.
Darren, a motocross enthusiast himself, explained, “I have always preferred bikes to cars and have two motorcycles, one of which is a motocross machine.
“Kyle tried because his older brother Koren accepted it, but he stuck with it and has the talent, so after a few lessons we thought about throwing him in the deep end and he was very. well come out.
“He’s now gone from the KTM 50cc bike to a 65cc version with gears that will do over 60 mph and he’s spent the winter getting used to it at various locations across the UK.”
Kyle, a student at Ysgol Rhyd y Llan, in Llanfaethlu, will be competing in the Cheshire Series again with the first event scheduled for March, but before that there is a series of other events and races and he has 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 compete.
“It’s great that we can help young Kyle. Lock Stock supports so many good causes and charities and loves to get involved in the communities where they operate.
Darren added, “He has the enthusiasm and determination to go ahead, he doesn’t like to be behind anyone.
“In his class the bikes are fast and he will take on boys bigger and older than him and we are just grateful to Lock Stock for giving him this chance.”