SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Jack Gribbins is not in fear of getting told off for riding his bike too quickly or splashing through the mud - as his mum and dad approve.

This is especially as the Rishton Methodist pupil is a motocross ace, already winning trophies and medals despite being in just his second season in the event.

"He just loves it," said his mum Paula who goes to watch him in the various off-road events which are staged in the North West at the moment.

"I must admit I am a bit more nervous watching him now as he used to be steady but now he has got more confident, he is going faster."

Jack, who won 37 trophies last year, drives a KTM 50cc bike and got involved in the sport through his dad, John.

John, 42, competed in motocross as an amateur and Jack has caught the bug.

He now competes almost every weekend over some tough courses, in the mud, tackling various hurdles and negotiating corners.

He is a member of two clubs - Newton-le-Willows Motocross Club where he finished second in their 2006 championships, competing at places like Ribchester and Garstang over 10 rounds.

And he is also a member of Vale Motocross Club where he finished third in their championships, competeing at Armthorpe, Pilsworth, Preston Docks and Garstang.

"You can only start competing at six-years-old and Jack couldn't wait," said his mum.

"There are usually around 25-30 motocross riders on the line and Jack competes in the six-nine year old category.

"He is always in the thick of it but he loves every race."

Younger brother, Mitchell, is hoping to follow in the family footsteps this year as he has just turned six.

And Mackenzie, who is almost two, could be another Gribbins to star on the bike.

The Gribbins family are already sponsored by Whitehead supermarkets but are on the hunt for other sponsors, in what is an expensive sport.

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