Sixteen-year-old makes his Mark in adult Motox scene

PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

SIXTEEN-year-old Mark Wakely, of Honiton, has won his first major race after leaving the schoolboy motox circuit.

SIXTEEN-year-old Mark Wakely, of Honiton, has won his first major race after leaving the schoolboy motox circuit.

After a few ups and downs at the start of the season, Mark - having moved up from a 125cc two-stroke to a 250cc four-stroke machine and riding against 250cc and 450cc machines in his class - notched up two wins and a fourth in the ninth round of the Remedies Bar British Motox Championships at Torrington.

The achievement earnt him fifth in the championship standings with only four rounds to go.

He has now earned enough points to give him Expert status and has moved up another class for next season.

Mark rides a Honda, sponsored by C P Jones roofing (Paington) and Rush Racing FMFexaust systems & Motox accessories (Honiton).

Mark told the Herald: "I am looking foward to next season but the racing is really fast. The lads ride hard and play hard so I have a lot of respect for them. I have ridden against them before at differant organisations and done really well but we will have to wait and see what next season brings.

"Three or four weeks back, I rode at the Patch Quick Trophy (Newton Abbot) - a realy big meeting down here in the South West - and I finished third overall in my class. That was a really good result for me."

Mark is working for Dave Layzemby (Aqua Warm) as an apprentice plumber and would like to thank him for any time off he's had to go racing.

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