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After suffering a broken back one year and a broken leg the next, a lot of sportsmen may have given up.

Not motocross sidecar star Brett Wilkinson, 21, who has bounced back stronger from these huge injuries to star at the top level.

The Horndean racer – alongside passenger Craig Parmenter, 27 – looks set for a podium finish at the British Championships.

Meanwhile, the pair have made their presence felt on the world stage – and have won call-ups to the Great Britain squad.

Coach Tony Wilkinson, who is also Brett’s uncle, has been quick to praise the duo.

But he has not been surprised by their rise and has backed them to push on and finish the year powerfully.

‘A lot of people would give up but Brett has kept at it and got himself back into the sport,’ said the 48-year-old coach.

‘With two rounds to go, the pair are sat in second, so hopefully a podium is looking likely.

‘Each event consists of three races and the points add up from each race.

‘From them down to sixth, it is too close to call with only six races to go.’

Tomorrow the duo will contest the penultimate round of the championship in Halstead.

And next weekend they will head to Sidcup for the final races of an action-packed campaign.

While the team are going strong on home soil, they have also been turning heads on the world stage.

They have travelled to as far as Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia to lock horns with the best teams on the planet.

Earlier this month the partnership delivered a career-best display as they grabbed second in a wet and muddy race in Rudersberg, Germany.

The performance was made all the more remarkable given that they scraped through qualifying because of engine trouble the previous day.

But having bounced back in style, they then leapt into 15th spot with a fine display at the final meeting of the campaign.

‘It is a huge achievement for a British team to place so highly in the worlds,’ said Tony Wilkinson.

‘The sport is huge in Europe, so for the pair to get where they have is great exposure – for more sponsorship and things like that for next year.’

To top off a great comeback into the sport, the pair have both been selected for Team GB. They will be part of a six-strong team who are heading to the Motocross Des Nations in Cingoli, Italy, next month.

‘The GB team is the top three pairings in the country,’ explained their coach.

‘Brett is the youngest to be picked in this sport at 21.

‘In the world he is the highest-placed 21-and-under, so he has come on very quickly.’