Dy­lan’s life in the fast lane

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Emerg­ing moto-tri­als star Dy­lan Ball is get­ting used to beat­ing peo­ple four times his age. The Judge­ford 10-year-old has be­come a cen­tre of at­trac­tion on the na­tional moto-tri­als scene, of­ten tak­ing on and beat­ing adults.

Moto- tri­als in­volves a se­ri­ous amount of skill, con­trol and bal­ance. Dy­lan rides a spe­cially de­signed mo­tor­bike over and around the tight, ob­sta­cle- filled course.

He said the aim was to get through a sec­tion with­out fall­ing off or putting your foot down, which was some­times a great chal­lenge.

‘‘It’s to­tally dif­fer­ent to other mo­tor­sports as it’s more about bal­ance and con­trol. My dad rides tri­als and I liked watch­ing him so I gave it a go and loved it. I was 2 when I started,’’ Dy­lan said.

While pro­gress­ing from his be­gin­ner tri­als bike, which was elec­tric, to the Beta 125 he is rid­ing now, Dy­lan has won sev­eral ju­nior grades.

He cur­rently leads ju­nior North and South Is­land com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘Com­pet­ing is the best part and rid­ing dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cles helps me im­prove.’’

Dy­lan also plays football, but he said his friends at Pare­mata School thought it was cool that he rode mo­tor­bikes. ‘‘They con- grat­u­late me when I do well.’’

At the mo­ment, the young­ster is prac­tis­ing for the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship in Au­gust and will com­pete against riders aged 7 to 12.

Dy­lan gets his tips from New Zealand’s cur­rent tri­als cham­pion, Jake Whi­taker, and said he hoped to one day be a na­tional cham­pion him­self.

His mother, Ch­eryl An­der­son, said that she en­cour­aged Dy­lan be­cause it was some­thing he loved.

‘‘He has great style as well and is al­ways great to watch. He also seems to draw a crowd when he rides be­cause of that,’’ An­der­son said.

‘‘Nick [Dy­lan’s fa­ther] has been rid­ing for about 18 years and Dy­lan has al­ways been quite fas­ci­nated. It’s al­ways been some­thing he has wanted to do.

‘‘He does very well and we’re just push­ing him to­wards what he loves do­ing. We’re re­ally proud of him.’’

Dy­lan and his fa­ther be­long to the Ixion Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

Judge­ford youngt­ster Dy­lan Ball shows his moves at a re­cent mo­to­tri­als event.

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