No time for heroes for dedicated Cain

Cain Marsh will compete in France next month   Picture: Allan Hutchings (131369-348)
Cain Marsh will compete in France next month Picture: Allan Hutchings (131369-348)
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Cain Marsh has turned down a date with his hero to fight for his country.

The 10-year-old Warblington racer was handed the opportunity to meet superstar motocross rider Ricky Carmichael at Doncaster’s Fat Cat Motoparc.

But the event, which will see the unrivalled Florida talent deliver an exclusive riding school, clashes with the MX Master Kids showdown in Commercy, north-east France, on July 12-14.

Marsh won the showdown on the continent two years ago, racing to glory against 43 rivals from 23 nations on his 50cc auto bike.

And now the Southbourne Junior School ace has got to grips with his bigger 65cc model – his first with manual gears – he is determined to cross the Channel again and bring the title back to England.

The decision to pass up a chance to ride with his idol, who is nicknamed the Goat (greatest of all time), was not easy for the Portsmouth Motocross Club starlet.

But it was one Marsh made all on his own, as he aims to add another piece of silverware to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.

Marsh’s mum, Kelly, explained: ‘It was a really big decision – and he made it on his own.

‘He was booked in to do the Ricky Carmichael University event but Commercy is on at the same time.

‘It would have been Ricky if Cain hadn’t gone up to meet him last year.

‘He rode the track with him and Ricky was really impressed.

‘Another one of the pros who came across from America said he was going to be a champion one day.

‘So Cain was desperate to go back and see them again.

‘The tickets are like gold dust, too, but he has chosen to go to Commercy.’

Marsh currently heads his club championship, while he is also sitting in ninth spot in the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup.

After an eighth-placed finish in the first round of the national championship at Landrake, he placed 11th in Weston-super-Mare earlier this month.

The latter proved a tough assignment for the south-coast talent, as deep sand on the beach proved a tricky test for even the top professional riders on the circuit.

But Marsh, who is known as the Holeshot King by his Portsmouth club-mates for his speed out of the gate, remains in position to cash in a deal he made with his father.

Provided he can seal a top-10 finish in the seven-round national championship, which climaxes at Oxfordshire’s Culham Park in September, the young gun will earn a dream trip to America.

Marsh will head to the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas in October to watch his heroes race a track designed by Carmichael.

But before then he has the small matter of a European title to regain.

And while he will face stiff competition, few would bet against him delivering a performance to make England proud.