An unbeaten run of spectacular success throughout New Zealand has earned talented motocross rider Jack Symon a tilt at the nationals at North Harbour on November 2.
The diminutive Waianiwa 8-year-old, who has been riding for about four years, again demonstrated his prowess at the Sandpit track near Oreti Beach on Sunday in the 50cc 6 to 8 years class.
He was competing in the second of five rounds of the Southern Series Motocross 2013 fixture at which about 150 riders from Rangiora to Western Southland competed.
The series, which has been running for 35 years, started this year at Poolburn, Central Otago, to coincide with the Blossom Festival during the weekend of September 28 and 29.
The third round will be at Gore on October 20, followed by the fourth at Mosgiel on November 10 and the grand final and prize-giving at South Otago on November 30.
Symon is a son of Corey and Mel Symon, proprietors of Wrights Bush Transport, who are heavily involved with, the Southland Motorcycle Club.
Mrs Symon is secretary of the club.
Their son has been largely a self-taught young rider who has picked up pointers by watching experienced competitors.
''We don't tell him much ...We like quiet achievers and let him pick things up on his own account. He has had no full coaching,'' Mr Symon said.
Jack's run of success started with the Southland Championships in February, followed by the Central Otago Championships at Cromwell on May 2.
The prestigious Christchurch Winter Series and the North Island Mini Championships, which was a major achievement at Queens Birthday weekend, were other notable triumphs.
''Those successes and others represent a good gauge of some similar opposition he will strike at the Nationals,'' Mr Symon said.
The motocross fraternity acknowledges young Jack's modesty and his remaining unaffected by all his success.
More than anything else, his parents are pleased he enjoys the sport so much.
Jack is making the most of his last year in the 6 to 8 age group and will have a strong southern following as he aims to cap a remarkable season at the nationals.
His parents describe motocross as a true family sport because it demands a huge input and commitment from family members.
''While it is firstly an individual sport, the family is all there for him,'' Mr Symon said.
''All other families also show a huge commitment. There wouldn't be much motocross without all those good supportive parents.''
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