MOST 12-year-old girls spend their free time messing around with make-up and clothes and dancing to One Direction – but for Skye Adams, flinging her motorbike around a dirt track is far more appealing.
The Castle Gresley rider is about to go for the title in the Dirt Track Riders Association (DTRA) Youth Intermediate British Championship.
Last year she finished second – but the Year Seven Pingle pupil is determined to go one better this time around.
“She lives for it,” said dad Shane. “She’s very self-motivated, too – it’s not down to me, it all comes from her.
“She’s not a typical kid and knows the more she puts into it, the more she can get out of it.”
Skye has broken her leg, wrist and several fingers dirt track racing.
“Some people take a really dim view of it,” said Shane, himself a former motocross racer who raced the number 76, the same as Skye. “But I don’t make her go on the bike – she loves it.”
Skye has been kitted out for the new season by her sponsors – Daryl Smith Logistics, A.D Welding Services, Optimum Control Suspension, Othello Clothing and Princess Warriors.
Dani Owen, from Woodville-based fitness experts Princess Warriors, has been helping Skye to increase her strength to compete with teenage boys in the races.
While not a contact sport as such, strength is needed to wrestle bikes like Skye’s Yamaha YZ85 and Kawasaki KX85, the latter of which she uses on grass tracks.
The whole package is expensive, with the cost running well over £4,000 for a season’s racing.
“Skye’s doing boxing for fitness,” said Shane. “It’s helping her upper body strength, which is a massive help, especially being a girl racing against lads.”
Skye’s gear this season should give her a good chance of winning – but it looks like being a tougher field in 2014 which competes 24 races at six venues, starting at the Amman Valley, near Swansea, on April 27.
“People have upped their game,” said Shane. “A lot more money is coming into the sport and riders are travelling from further afield.
“It’s getting competitive – but what we’ve put together for Skye gives her a really good chance this season.”