MOTOCROSS young gun Liam Andrews began racing when he was just seven years old.
In just four years he has been crowned the Australasian Junior Motocross champion, won an Australian title and has three Victorian championships.
Now the 11-year-old is preparing to take on the world best at the Junior Motocross World Championships in Belgium.
His father Craig Andrews said his son was looking forward to racing.
“It is an opportunity of a life time,” he said.
“It will be a great experience for him.”
Riders from about 100 different countries are expected to compete.
Craig said Liam was the first from Bendigo to be selected to represent Australia at the world championships.
“Queensland and New South Wales are the states which are really into motocross so in the past 10 years about five people from Victoria have competed for Australia and Liam is one of them,” the proud father said. Craig said in previous junior world events Australians have done well.
“As a country we won the competition two years ago and was in the top 10 last year,” he said.
“Liam thrives on competition, which is probably what makes him go as fast as he does.
“Going on past performances our juniors are among the best in the world, so hopefully Liam can finish in the top 10.”
Before he travels to Belgium, the youngster and his family will stopover in Germany to test his bike.
“When we get to Germany they will give us a new bike and we have to set it up to suit Liam, it will take up a fair bit of time,” Craig said.
Motorcycling Australia is funding half of Liam’s trip, with the Andrew’s family having to raise money to fund the rest of the money required.
Craig said about $6000 had to be raised.
He said if anyone wanted to support Liam they could visit http://www.youcaring.com/other/send-liam-to-the-worlds-in-belgium/194011 and make a donation.
A ride day will also be held at Toolleen on July 19.
Liam’s race is on August 10.