Lochaber and Dis­trict Mo­tor­cy­cle Club mem­bers get ready for the world se­ries

The Oban Times - - Sport -

LOCHABER and Dis­trict Mo­tor­cy­cle Club young­sters are gear­ing up for a week­end at the GP Tri­als World Se­ries.

Four­teen-year- old Ben Dig­nan will be rac­ing in the world se­ries this Satur­day, July 8, in York­shire.

He will be com­pet­ing along­side fel­low club mem­ber Dun­can MacColl, 17.

Ben, who lives near Roy Bridge, has been rid­ing since he was four years old.

He has pre­vi­ously com­peted in both Scot­tish and Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships, and this is the first year he was el­i­gi­ble to ride at a world sta­tus.

Oban young­ster Euan Sim also com­peted at the Bri­tish level, fin­ish­ing a re­spectable third, sec­ond and third in his three rounds. Both Ben and Euan lead their re­spec­tive Scot­tish cham­pi­onship classes.

Chair­man of Lochaber and Dis­trict MCC David Dig­nan said: ‘Both boys put in a strong per­for­mance over the three laps in hot con­di­tions and were pleased to come away with a third place. It’s a tremen­dous achieve­ment.’

Now Lochaber High School pupil Ben is get­ting ready for the world com­pe­ti­tion. Dad David told the Lochaber Times: ‘Ben has been part of the trail scene his whole life. He has grown up and knows the peo­ple rid­ing in the world cham­pi­onships, and to ride with th­ese guys is just a dream come true.

‘Ben tends to ride above his level in Scot­tish com­pe­ti­tions, by about four years, and then com­petes at his own level in Bri­tish ones.

‘He also re­cently took part in a time and ob­ser­va­tion trail, Min­tex, in York­shire, which is an out and out race, where he came eighth. It was a huge achieve­ment for him be­cause he was the youngest of the age group al­lowed to com­pete in the event.’

Ben is coached by world cham­pion Jack Price, who trains with him all year round, while he tries to bal­ance school, rid­ing and swim­ming – an­other pas­sion of his which helps him train.

Lochaber and Dis­trict MCC bosts more chil­dren in the club than all of the oth­ers in Scot­land put to­gether. To find out more head to their web­site.

Back, Ben Dig­nan with Euan Sim dur­ing the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship round.

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