THE BMX racing European Series came to the UK with rounds nine and 10 held at Perry Park in Birmingham, where Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School pupil Eddie Moore (11) raced against some of Europe’s top riders.

In round nine, Moore got off to a great start with a hat-trick of second places in his qualifying motos.

A second place in the quarter-final and an all-important fourth in the semi saw the Lyme Regis school pupil through to a stacked final. World ranked number two Axel Webster from Germany took an early lead and was chased by world number four in second with Moore battling with Dutch champion Dave Kleiboer and German Tim Gassert for third and fourth positions.

In close racing, Kleiboer stole the last podium spot and Moore managed to fend off Gassert to claim fourth.

In round 10, Moore earned a third and second in two of his motos and an awesome win over Gassert in the third to qualify straight to the semi-finals on day two.

When the gate dropped in the semi-final, Moore found himself near the back of the pack and needed something special to be one of the top four to qualify for the main event.

As he approached the first turn, he made a swooping move on the inside to slip past Gassert and Kleiboer and take the lead.

The German and Dutch riders passed Moore before the last turn, but third was safe and enough to secure yet another place in a European final. In the final, Moore got caught in traffic and was lucky to avoid Lativian rider Mikus Stradzdins who crashed at the final turn. Moore finished in sixth place and was awarded fourth overall, jointly with Tim Gassert. Over both days, Moore also finished ahead of the current and former British champions, Haydon Green and Kye White.

So far this season, Moore is currently third in the South West Series where he rides up in the 14-year-old category and fourth nationally in his own age group.

Eddie’s older brother Josh (13), having missed a round due to injury, is currently fourth in the 15-year-old category in the South West and is third nationally in his own age group.

Unfortunately, Josh was unable to compete in the European rounds as he recently fractured his hand.