Shilbottle lad is rising up the tiers as a motocross star

Sam Atkinson (left) with Stauff Connect Acadmey stars Tarran McKenzie and Joe Irving.
Sam Atkinson (left) with Stauff Connect Acadmey stars Tarran McKenzie and Joe Irving.

A Shilbottle lad is making a name for himself in the motocross world.

Sam Atkinson, 11, has been picked as one of the riders in the 2015 Stauff Connect Academy team.

Sam Atkinson with dad Simon and promo girls Holly and Abigail Towns.

Sam Atkinson with dad Simon and promo girls Holly and Abigail Towns.

The Academy was launched at Brands Hatch, at the last round of the 2014 British Superbike championship with a clear view of developing young riders through the tiers of the sport.

Sam has been picked to ride the Kawasaki KX 85 and has already won his first race for the teamHe will contest the British Youth National championship, along with selected other events.

He said: “I am really excited to be part of the team. My first race in the Stauff Connect Academy colours was my first on Michelin tyres supplied by the team. I won all six races of the two-day event, a great start.”