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Motocross stars of the future

Motocross ace Adam Lyons with the next generation of talent

Motocross ace Adam Lyons with the next generation of talent

THE sport of motocross has had a strong tradition in this part of Tyrone and that looks set to continue if the recent successes of the next generation is anything to go by.

The stars of the future recently held a get together to reflect on a hugely promising 2013 season as well as picking up a few tips from former professional racer Adam Lyons.

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Lyons established himself as a household name in the world of motocross, winning Irish and British schoolboy titles before going on to clinch both Ulster and Irish Championship wins.

The Castlederg flyer went on to capture a UK Supermoto Championship and during an illustrious career finished fifth and 16th respectively in British and World Motocross Championships.

For Adam it all began in the Errigal Motorcycle Club Championship and in recent seasons a number of young starlets have hopefully set out on a similar pathway to glory.

Some are following in a strong family tradition, none more so than nine-year-old Oisin Hughes, whose dad Martin in the past competed in the Errigal, Ulster and Irish Championship as did uncles Paul and Ryan Barrett.

Motocross also runs through the veins of Dean and Adam Moore whose dad Lee, along with Nigel Stephenson, father of up and coming 11-year-old Darren Semple, made a name for himself while enjoying the thrills and spills of dirt tracks on both sides of the Irish border.

It seems though the new breed are set exceed the many triumphs of a past generation, if the successes of 2013 is any kind of pointer to future glories.

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