Youngsters get a thrill out of stunt displays

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THESE amazing stunts wowed the crowds at the HMS Sultan Summer Show.

But what they may have not realised is the daredevils jumping over cars on motorbikes were children – some as young as five.

One of the stars of the Tigers Motorcycle Display Team show is the aptly named 10-year-old Tiger Webb.

Tiger, a pupil at Gomer Junior School, jumped a Renault Clio car to the amazement of onlookers.

He said: ‘It feels a bit scary but it’s my natural instinct to be doing it. I was a bit nervous when I started learning how to do it so at first we did it without the car.

‘The jump is about 1.5m so it’s quite long, then I got good enough to jump the car. It’s really exciting.’

The youngster has been training with the 19-strong group for four years and he wants to be in the Moto GP when he is old enough.

He is not even the youngest on the team. They start at just five years old and go up to 13.

Ross Maynard is chairman of the Tigers, which has been going for 30 years.

He said: ‘It’s run solely by parents for the kids to be able to ride motorbikes. There is an emphasis on the safety side but there is a fine line between danger and safety. The kids love it.’

The Tigers train at HMS Daedalus, in Lee-on-Solent, on Sunday mornings.