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Champion year hopes for biker scrambler

PUBLISHED: 14:44 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

OPTIMISM:Chris Short dreams of picking up the winning trophy.

OPTIMISM:Chris Short dreams of picking up the winning trophy.

ONE of Britain s most promising young motorcyclists is preparing for his entry into the big leagues. Climbing a rocky outcrop, crossing a

ONE of Britain's most promising young motorcyclists is preparing for his entry into the big leagues.

Climbing a rocky outcrop, crossing a muddy gully or fording a treacherous stream are activities more associated with an adventurous rambler, but 15-year-old Chris Short tackles these obstacles on his 125cc motorbike.

The Langley Park pupil has just completed a season in the British Youth Championship, finishing third, and he is now aiming to have a final season success before moving into the adult competition and the professional ranks.

"That's been my aim since the start," he said. "I have got one more year in 2010 in the youth championship before moving up into the adults and so I will definitely be going for the win next year."

He explained that his sport isn't about speed, but about tackling difficult obstacles and exhibiting the best technique while doing so.

He said: "A lot of people don't know a great deal about it, and it doesn't get much attention, which is a shame because it is a great sport."

The teen, of Woodmere Road, Beckenham, begun competing six years ago and his success has secured him sponsorship and a place with the Gas Gas UK team.

Despite having to travel more than an hour to find a suitable place to train, Chris finds time to do so at least once a week, as well as travelling across the UK and Europe to compete.

He added: "My mum and dad are really supportive. My school has also helped allowing me to take days off here and there to compete in competitions.

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