Motocross ace Jordan is riding high

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BIKE-MAD Pontefract youngster Jordan Eccles (pictured) is taking the junior motocross world by storm in his first year of competing at national level.

Twelve-year-old Jordan, of Holmfield Close, Nevison, is heading for this weekend’s third round of the Red Bull Elite Cup at the head of the championship with his sights set on more success.

An overall win in the opening round of the seven meeting competition involving young motorbike riders from all over the UK announced the King’s High School pupil on the national scene and he followed his initial success at Fat Cat Motorparc, Doncaster with a second place finish at Landrake, Cornwall.

Prospects for another podium appearance at the Skelder Bank Motocross Circuit, Whitby this weekend looked bleak when he suffered a broken collarbone practising for the event, but sponsor Tim Dean and ARM Plant came to the rescue by paying for laser treatment in Ipswich and Jordan now expects to be able to compete.

The former Orchard Head Junior School pupil is heading the Small Wheel class in the Red Bull Elite Cup, one of three national championships being run simultaneously across the UK.

The Whitby event will also feature the Red Bull Pro Nationals involving Europe’s best in the sport and the Fuchs Silkolene 2 Stroke British Championships for the best amateur riders. A freestyle motocross show will take place and there will be other family attractions with action on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Further rounds will take place at Canada Heights, Kent (July 30, 31), Hawkstone Park, Shropshire (August 27, 28), Desertmartin, Northern Ireland (September 3, 4) and a finale at a track to be decided on September 24 and 25.

With the help of his sponsor Jordan is aiming to be at every round as he looks for a first national title and to further his ambition of going as far as he can in the sport.

Proud dad Lee said: “He’s just bikes all the time and can’t get enough of them.

“Jordan started at just six years old. Motorbikes have always been in the family and his cousins ride as well.

“He’s been racing bikes for a few years at club level.

“He’s won several club championships in different classes and age groups and has had a couple of wildcard entries in national events in the last couple of years to see where he was at.

“When Jordan picked up a big sponsor it enabled him to have a proper go at the nationals and he’s doing the British Youth Cup as well and is currently third in that championship after three rounds. I would like to thank ARM Plant for their help and support.

“He’s doing well so far and we’re all really proud of him. His achievements are all the better as he’s all self taught and has never had professional training.”