Port Elizabeth motocross star Keegan Hickson-Mahoney says winning the South African 125cc high school class motocross championship is a dream come true.
Keegan, 16 – who has been eyeing the title for 10 years – was finally crowned the winner at the prestigious event in Johannesburg recently.
He has won a number of motocross races down the years, including this year’s Monster Energy TRP Distributors SA Motocross Championships in the high school class category.
But he had not previously won the South African 125cc championship.
“I have never finished first in this race – only second and third place.
“To finally win is such a great feeling,” he said.
“I have been trying my whole life to get this achievement.
“I have been taking part in the schools nationals since I was six.
He said he had had a lot of bad luck in the past few years but had been training so hard this year.
“This is my second year in the 125cc class and the hard work finally paid off.”
The Hill College Grade 10 pupil could not finish the competition last year due to breaking an arm while racing.
“I would like to be promoted to the MX2 class and ride a bigger bike, but that will all depend on what my dad says.
“If I am not promoted I will be out to defend my title at the championships next year.”
After matriculating, Keegan has his eyes set on becoming a pilot, but would continue with motocross and hopefully make a career of it.