Teenager Jack Bintcliffe is setting the world of motocross alight – just two years after taking up the sport.
In his first year riding for Honda UK, the 14-year-old has beaten many of the world’s fastest kids and leads the standings in the UK MX National Championship, with just one round to go.
He enhanced his reputation on two wheels with a successful weekend at Hawkstone this week as he took victory in the first two races of the competition.
After racing, Jack tweeted: “Three successful weeks away racing in the @Honda150EC and to finish it off I’m now leading the @mxnationalsuk Championship. Just one round left of each”
The Boroughbridge rider is also on the verge of sealing an international triumph in the EMX150 European Championship.
After collecting victory at the Belgium Grand Prix in Lommel last month, he is now just two points off the championship lead with one event to go.
The teenage rider currently competes on low-power machines but despite his young age, he will move up to adult racing bikes in the near future.
Mum Paula Bintcliffe said his “amazing early success” was a rarity for a relative newcomer to the sport.
She said: “Within three months of first riding a motocross bike on a motocross track, Jack started to win club races against the fastest kids in the UK.
“Showing he had a natural talent to ride a bike, and with us knowing nothing about motocross ourselves, we decided the safest way forward was to take him to a professional motocross coach.
“This proved to be the best thing we could do as, still in his very early stages of motocross, Richard-Mike Jones, (Jack’s coach), has taken Jack from a complete beginner to winning his first national race after being on the bike for just 18 months.
“Honda UK saw this potential and signed Jack up at the end of last year.
“This year Jack has ridden on a 150 Honda CRF for Honda UK in the UK National Championship, and 150 Honda European Championship, with the hope of winning both.
“If he can achieve this, it has never been done before from someone that has started so late.”