A BUXTON motorcycle rider is a British champion — at the tender age of just 13.
Four years after taking up the sport at Peak Dale Youth Motorcycle Club, Joe Hudson has been crowned Minibike Champs Youth 125cc British Champion.
However, his title dreams were almost shattered by a serious injury in the run-up to the final two rounds of the six-event championship.
Hudson, from Peak Dale, entered the Minibike Champs British Championship on his factory NS Racing Kawasaki KLX 110cc machine, after winning the minibike national at Arncott Moto Park in Oxfordshire the previous year.
After finishing second and fourth in the first two rounds, at Mallory Park and Doncaster Moto Park, the Buxton Community School pupil put in three solid races at Cullham MX park to return to Derbyshire with the first-place trophy.
Hudson missed round four at Mallory Park through illness, but with two rounds to go, at Kieradan Park in Scunthorpe, he remained in strong contention for the championship. However four weeks before the championship decider, disaster struck when the teenager suffered a serious hand injury in training.
Jamie Robertson, a director of the MC Federation-affiliated Minibike British Championship “minibike champs”, said: “With a championship in his reach he wasn’t willing to let it slip from his fingers and rode the final two rounds at Kieradan Park.”
Hudson went on to secure first-place finishes on both the Saturday and Sunday to take the title.