Toby sets sights on world competition

Published on: 05 May 2015


A NINE-YEAR-OLD Downend boy is roaring towards success in the sport of motocross.
He has already progressed from club races to the national league and has his sights set on competing at European and world level.
Toby, a pupil at Bromley Heath Junior School, has recently won sponsorship from Tim Sheppard, of SM Gauge in Lodge Causeway, to help him pursue his passion. He trains with rider Loukas Maggio, from St George.
Toby began riding on two wheels when he was four and has been racing since the age of six. It’s an interest that involves the whole family, who live in Heath Walk, Bromley Heath. Dad Lee, mum Rachel, and sisters Tamsin, seven, and Tegan, four, take their caravan and stay where Toby is racing.
Lee has been amazed at his son’s progress in mastering the ups and downs of motocross, which entail massive jumps to cope with steep inclines.
“I did motocross for a while for a bit of fun but Toby has taken it to another level,” he said.
Inevitably, there have been some injuries. “He has been taken off in an ambulance a few times, which is not good for his mother’s stress levels, but he hasn’t had anything broken and it doesn’t seem to deter him. He loves it. His enthusiasm is such that he seems to see past the danger.”
Lee, a builder, admitted that even as a rider himself, it could be hard to watch Toby in action, but it was worth it to see his son’s success.
“He is obviously heading in the right direction and he is hoping to get picked out to ride the European circuit,” he said.

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