A YOUNG boy from Reading has been named one of the best junior motocross riders in the world after competing in an international championship.

Charlie Richmond, 11, from Tilehurst, was chosen to represent Great Britain in the 2019 FIM Junior World Motocross Championships earlier this month (July 13 and 14).

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The two-day event took place in Italy on a world class track used by the top adult riders.

Charlie, who rides a 65cc bike, competed against 41 other riders in two races on Sunday, placing 34th in the world.

He also represented Team GB who made it to the podium in third place.

His mother, Karen Smith, explained it was an “amazing experience” and a “real buzz” watching her son ride on a world class track.

She said: “It’s a lot of pressure but exciting at the same time.”

She added that the support from locals has been great.

Mrs Smith asked Charlie how he felt reflecting on his success.

She explained: “It was the best experience of his life ever.

“He feels so good to be asked to represent his country and now be ranked 34th in the world.”

Despite his success, Charlie almost didn’t make it to the Sunday races after coming 19th out of 71 riders in Saturday’s qualifier where only the top 18 went through to compete the next day.

Charlie was given another chance in the last chance qualifier race where the top four riders were taken through.

Mrs Smith explained he “absolutely smashed it” and “went all out and won”.

Charlie has been riding motorbikes since the age of four and competing in competitions since he was six.

Mrs Smith explained he was inspired by his grandfather and her cousins who competed in local motocross competitions.

She said: “As soon as he started racing, he was winning trophies.”

Charlie is currently fighting to become British Champion by taking part in The Bridgestone British Masters and The British Youth Championships over the summer.