Lewis Spratt from Omagh set himself something of a challenge at the start of the year when he, with the support of his family, decided to contest the 2019 Arenacross indoor motocross race series. The chirpy 10-year-old made his Arenacross debut at The SSE Arena, Belfast, over the two nights of Friday the 18th and Saturday 19th January, when the six-round Tour got underway.

It was a slow start for Lewis at his home round. He finished 10th overall on the first night and 11th on the second and posted his lowest result of the series in race two with a 15th. But the Campsie Road Service Station-supported rider is a quick learner and showed his mettle when he travelled over to the NEC, Birmingham for rounds three and four of the series. The technically-challenging track clearly suited his riding style when he blasted his KTM to a creditable fifth overall on the second night, with a best race result of fifth, and boosted his championship position to eighth in the process. As the final two rounds at Sheffield beckoned, Lewis embraced the series with gusto and, proving that consistency pays off, went out and claimed sixth and seventh places in round five, and seventh and ninth in the final round to finish his first-ever Arenacross Youth 65cc Cup in an impressive fifth place overall.

The young schoolboy also had the honour of representing Team Northern Ireland alongside Ballyclare’s multi-champion Pro racer Martin Barr and Irish MX2 champ Glenn McCormick from Larne. He was the only 65cc rider to do so and represented his nation with pride.

“I usually race in outdoor motocross and so Arenacross was completely different,” said Lewis. “I had to learn how to attack the tracks and handle the traffic on the tighter circuits. I really enjoyed the whole tour experience and riding in front of so many people. I’m a little sad that it’s now all over, but am looking forward to getting outdoors.”