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Charlie Heyman – One to watch

MX Vice found themselves out and about the other week at the GT Cup. One of the UK’s newest but also fastest growing youth events in the UK. Not pitching to be the next Redbull, more an alternative championship with the winners going home with goodies for holeshots, podiums and also rider of the day.

While Elliot was off snapping away I decided to check out the famous Pontrillis circuit and at that time the 50cc auto race was about to kick off. They always say about the ‘right time’ and ‘right place’ and today was mine. Lap 1 coming down one of the main hill’s and a 50cc is clearing the jump, 6ft in the air. Now many people may have seen this before and it wasn’t just the fact of someone so small on a bike thats tiny doing this, it was the way he done it. Number 22 had style, confidence, smooth but forceful and up on the pegs.

I’m telling you now, Charlie Heyman will be a British Motocross Champion, I hope i’m around to see that happen. After watching Charlie take race win number 20 (unbeaten this year at the GT Cup 25 from 25 now) I caught up with Charlie and his dad.

MX Vice:
Hey Charlie, great ride. How long have you been racing?

Charlie:
2 years..

MX Vice:
And how many years have you been riding?

Charlie:
3 years…

MX VIie:
How old are you Charlie?

Charlie:
I’m 7..

MX Vice:
So do you enjoy riding Charlie, because it looks like you’re having fun out there..

Charlie:
Yeah I love it.. I love the jumps they are my favourite.

MX Vice:
So Charlie, what are you up to this year? Where have you been riding?

Charlie:
Just the GT Cup and practicing..

MX Vice:
Who are you getting help from this year?

Charlie:
Goldentyre, Putoline, MX Racing..

MX Vice:
So Charlie do you get to ride a lot?

Charlie:
Yeah I get to ride about 3-4 times a week after school..

I talked to Charlie for a while and also his dad, great to see they are just your normal everyday people, love the sport and love riding. On meeting Charlie I thought he’d have a little swagger about him and be very lively, but he came across a little shy, very humble about his ability as any 7 year old should be. A great personality, nice kid and good parents around him that guide him going forward to having ‘fun’.

It looks like Charlie will be on the 65cc soon as he has been practicing with gears and I hear a few comments that he’s flying with gears also!

If you’re looking to get into Motocross have a look at the GT Cup website (http://mx-gtcup.co.uk/) it has all the info on there to join the championship.

Charlie Heyman Motocross Rider

Charlie Heyman Winning another race at the GT Cup

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