GB honours for Axminster’s BMX brothers

PUBLISHED: 20:37 02 November 2011

Eddie - Number 3, Manchester National

Eddie - Number 3, Manchester National

Josh and Eddie Moore of Axminster, pupils at Woodroffe School, have enjoyed another successful year in BMX racing.

They represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Copenhagen back in July and have qualified for the world championships next year.

At the Worlds, after illness, Eddie, 11, was unlucky not to progress further than the qualification stages , finding himself competing alongside three former world champions and the Dutch champion in all of his motos. Josh, 13, only missed out on a place in the quarter finals by one position.

Josh has been hampered twice by injury. A broken ankle on Boxing Day interrupted his pre-season training, then he missed some regional and national rounds after fracturing his hand in March. Despite this, he finished 8th in the 15 year old category in the South West series and sixth in his true age group in the National series.

At the British Championships at Cheddar in September, he breezed through the motos, quarter final and semi-final to make the main event but an unfortunate error at the start left him chasing in eighth place. At the South West championships in Paignton, he led the final after an awesome start but was overtaken and hampered at the final turn, finishing in a frustrating third place.

Eddie (11) went from strength to strength as the season progressed, finishing third in the 14-year-old category in the South West series and third again in his own age group nationally. At the British Championships, he dominated in the motos, eighth and quarter finals and in the final was placed an extremely close second behind seven times champion Kye White. Then at the South West championships at Paignton, Eddie was top of the podium after beating the National series runner up, Haydon Green.

The boys ended the season on a high when they recently competed at the Midlands Championships at Perry Park in Birmingham, both in the 13 year old category.

In the final, National Champion and local rider, Robert Jesson took the win, but Josh was only a bike length behind in second with Eddie hot on his heels. The rest of the chasing pack were at least four bike lengths behind the top three.

They ensured qualification for the World Championships next year which will be held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

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