British title triumph proves Coleman is mustard

British motocross champion Josh Coleman
British motocross champion Josh Coleman
Double title winners Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood. Picture: Tim Keeton/Impact Images

Stevens and Charlwood back on track after finding solution

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JOSH COLEMAN has been crowned national big-wheel champion after winning a pulsating final at the British Youth Motocross Championship.

The 15-year-old Fareham talent added the crown to his expanding cabinet at the end of last month.

Now the Henry Cort Community College student is a double champion, having already won the big-wheel championship at the prestigious BSMA GT Cup in August.

Unsurprisingly, Coleman is very pleased with his recent efforts.

He may, however, need a larger garage to store his winnings.

Coleman said: ‘My goal this season was to win the GT Cup – especially because the prize of a new bike would be great.

‘I gave it everything I had in the last round and feel happy with my results.

‘I’m looking forward to moving up to a 125cc now for next season and can’t wait to test out the new bike.’

With the British Youth championship very tight ahead of the last round, Coleman knew he needed a win in the fifth and final race at Cusses Gorce, Salisbury. Desperate for a good start out of the gate, he was stuck behind his main championship rival coming out of the first corner.

But the youngster was able to hold his nerve before choosing the perfect moment to pass his fellow challenger en route to taking the chequered flag.

Coleman’s mum, Vivien, spoke of her pride in her son’s achievements.

She said: ‘Josh has had a great season so far and we are extremely proud.

‘His main aim was to win the GT Cup.

‘But going on to win the British Youth championship as well was a massive achievement because the points were so tight.

‘He knew it was going to be a really hard-fought battle in the last round and that it would probably all go down to the last race.

‘How right he was – and I have to congratulate him on holding his nerve.’

Also quick to praise the teenage rider was Phil Munday – principal at Henry Cort Community College.

‘Josh is a talented student and manages to balance his academic work and motocross,’ he said.

‘He clearly has a natural talent for the sport and we wish him continued success at home and abroad in future races.’

Following his GT Cup win, Coleman will be presented with a brand new bike, a 125 KTM – donated by KTM UK – at the Dirt Bike Show in Stoneleigh Park, on November 4.