By PAUL CHAMBERS
TALENTED motocross rider Hugh Skidmore is on a mission.
Skidmore will step up his level of competition when he travels to Townsville for the Australian junior long track championships in July before heading to Taree for the dirt track championships in September.
He is a highly promising motocross rider whose recent performances are making everyone in the sport sit up and take notice.
Skidmore, 14, a Year 8 student at Orara High School who hails from Glenreagh began riding home made motocross bikes when he was eight and eventually worked his way up to be NSW champion.
In May, Skidmore travelled to Cowra and won the NSW short track Championships, riding in the 13-16 age Standard Wheel Class (85cc) and finished second in the 11-16 age Big Wheel Class (80-100cc).
What makes winning this NSW title so impressive is way he won it, taking out all six races and clearly beating current Australian titleholders in the process.
Skidmore has been competing at this level for three years showing gradual improvements each year.
His results this year have given him the confidence he can now achieve success at national level.
His prolific riding skills have enabled him to win several other open races and tournaments this year including the Barleagh Ranch Track Masters (85cc).
He is currently leading the State dirt track championships after round one at Kurri Kurri Twighlight Classic, where he finished first on the 85cc and third in the big wheels category.