Teenage motorbike racer Adam Cross is readying himself for another shot at the title in the MRO Mini Twins racing series after losing out on a major sponsorship deal and a shot at racing on European tracks.
Adam, who will turn 18 this month, was dealt a major blow late last year when his plans to join a race team for a shot in the Spanish racing series fell through at the last minute.
Despite his huge disappointment, the former Garstang High School pupil is now determined to get back on the track and fight for the top spot, after riding out in second place last year.
Adam’s dad and manager Paul said his son had considered taking a year out of racing after his torrid end to the season.
He said: “It was a done deal – he was completely geared up to go. There had been a lot of interest from teams throughout the season and he jumped at the chance of joining a team in Spain
“All our loyal sponsors had agreed to back him and then we had one big backer, but he was badly let down and after all his hard work it was too late to try for another team as all the spaces had gone.
“It was a massive disappointment and it has taken a lot for him to pick himself up and try again after all his years of work.
“But he’s determined to keep the dream of riding at professional level alive.”
Adam’s local sponsors will again be backing him this year and Paul says the support has been very encouraging.
The pair will travel to Anglesey later this month to test drive his new Suzuki SV-650 bike ahead of the series opening at Brands Hatch on April 6.
He added: “He seems pretty positive and his aim is to claim the championship this season after coming so close.
“After last year’s performance, and despite some tough competition, the top spot should be within his reach.”
His achievements on the track were also recognised by officials at the British Motorcycle Club who have tipped him for the top.
Adam is now hoping to back his campaign with further fundraising starting with an entertainment evening at Garstang’s Wyrebank on April 18. A DJ will entertain guests and there will be food and a raffle He is also hoping to attract more sponsorship.
l For more information on the fundraiser or to sponsor Adam, contact Paul Cross by calling 01995 600481 or via email to paul.cross@bt internet.com