A talented boy from Watford has high hopes as he prepares to represent the UK in a dirt-bike racing world championship.
Marty Spires, 10, will be heading to Finland later this month with his parents and younger sister, Harper, five, to compete in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships.
The championships take place on August 27 and 28 and comes four years after Marty took up the sport.
His dad, also called Marty, is delighted for his son. He told Watford News: “We couldn’t be prouder, seeing all the hard work, time and effort he puts in paying off. We’re over the moon for him to have been selected as this is a rare opportunity.
“We are going to the world’s with an open mind and no expectations ,a top 10 would be amazing but it’s new to us all and if anything , we will be glad just for him to have this experience.”
Marty himself has high hopes.
He said: “I’m feeling very lucky to have been picked for such an amazing opportunity, I’m excited to be competing at world level but feeling quite nervous.
“As I’m currently leading the revo British championship and the Bridgestone British masters, I would hope to think I could get into the top 10 at world level.”
Marty has also been shortlisted to represent great Britain in early October for the coupe de l’avenir, known as the under 21 of nations, which will be held in Belgium.