Eleven-year-old motorcyclist James Rose is on the fast track to success.
That’s the verdict of his proud grandfather Shaun Rose, owner of Doncaster-based Moto-Breakers Racing.
James, from Tickhill, started out in the sport at the age of three and is currently making a name for himself in the Cool FAB Racing British Championship - a gateway to British Superbikes.
The former Hexthorpe Primary School pupil - son of former British Superbike racer James Rose senior - recently picked up the Sports Boy of the Year prize at the regional Astrea Active Awards.
And Shaun reckons it will be the first of many accolades for the talented youngster.
“It’s his second year in road racing and I’m sure he’ll be picking up lots of silverware up as he goes along,” said Shaun.
“He was riding a little pocket bike, which is what they all start on.
“And then his dad bought him a 50cc Metrakit which is a medium adult-sized bike and then he put him on a 70cc for the first meeting.
“He’ll stay in that class now until he’s 13 and then he’ll go onto the Supersport 300 Series in the British Superbikes Championship.
“You have to be a certain standard and he will reach that standard quite easily because he’s showing a lot of promise right now.
“I’ve no doubt he will be in BSB in two years’ time.
“We’re already talking with a race team who are taking him over to Spain in January to do some pre-season testing on a Kawasaki 300.”
Shaun is convinced James has what it takes to reach the top in the sport.
“He obviously comes from a line of racing,” he said.
“I raced for 20 to 30 years and ran my own team in British Superbikes.
“And his dad James senior has been riding for many years. He’s retired now and he’s concentrating on young James.
“It’s his first season on the bigger bike and he’s going well on it.
“He’s definitely one to keep an eye on and I’m sure he’ll be up there as soon as he gets to grips with this bike.
“The first time I watched him on it he was like a baby giraffe trying to walk!
“In the third meeting I couldn’t believe what I was looking at because he went from looking totally out of place on it and uncomfortable to hitting all of his apexes and being late on the brakes and early on gas. It was like he was on rails, he was really on it.
“I can spot these things because I’ve worked with plenty of the BSB lads,” he added.
“I know he’s my grandson but I do know a good rider when I see one. He’s definitely got what it takes to be there.”