World's best prove too good for Jayden – but BMX biker shows his potential
Bottesford could have a future world BMX star in its midst in skilled schoolboy Jayden Haigh.
The six-year-old, from Chancel Road, was last month one of 2,500 riders to descend on Birmingham's National Indoor Arena for the sport's World Championship – and enjoyed a credible couple of days.
Up against competitors from as far afield as Colombia and Japan, Jayden qualified for the competition following his success in the British National Series.
And though he narrowly failed to get past the opening round in the West Midlands, the steps he has made since first racing 18 months ago, means he has plenty of time to progress.
£5.00 VOUCHER to use at our award winning restaurantView details
Book a table for 2 and get £5 off with this voucher. When ringing quote: “This is Scunthorpe” promotion.
Terms: Cannot be used with any other offers or vouchers. Your email address.......................... (if you want to receive vouchers in the future). Print voucher or show us the voucher on your phone.
Contact: 01724 701783
Valid until: Wednesday, June 19 2013
So much so that the family's next trip to the annual event is already being planned.
"As long as he tries his hardest you don't mind putting the time and money in," said proud dad Leighton, who also comes from a racing background, having been a British Supermoto champion.
"Jayden's not quite at the level to be world champion just yet, but he enjoyed it, tried and soaked the experience up.
"It was just great to be part of that experience and for him to give a good account of himself. We were just happy to be there really.
"It's in New Zealand next year, which we might skip.
"But if he continues to come on leaps and bounds, to the level where he is pushing for a world championship, that might change.
"The following year it's in Holland, so we'll definitely be there if he's still enjoying it and wanting to go racing."
Eight riders take to the track in each moto race, with Jayden alongside riders from countries including China, the USA and France during his three rides, which came in the sevens age group.
They race along a track consisting of four straights and numerous bumps and when they get to the end, they travel up a banked up corner and return to the start-finish line.
Jayden finished fourth, fifth and fifth in his three rides – with his week ended by the narrowest of margins, just a single place, in his final race.
"If he'd have had another 4th in his third moto, which he was quite capable of, he'd have gone through to the next level, which would have been pretty special," added Leighton.
"It was a good fight to the end and he only narrowly missed out. I was pretty proud of him.
"His first race was a year last September, so he's still quite new to it.
"He's only six, but believe it or not, there's kids racing that are three so we're a year or 18 months behind some.
"The way he's coming on is pretty fast, so he's doing a pretty good job.
"He loves it, but he takes it all in his stride. He's quite chilled out about it all."
Jayden, a pupil at Oakfield Primary School, is currently leading the DBMX Summer Series.