MOTOR SPORT: XENON Piggott has vowed to make up for lost time and take the national U18 motocross championships by storm.
The 16-year-old, from Nantwich, suffered a false start in his assault on the British Championships last season.
After enjoying a sensational 2004, in which he was crowned Cheshire North West club champion amongst other accolades, he was hoping to make the step up with the big boys.
But Xenon and his 125cc machine found the going tough, with both breaking under the pressure of the higher standard.
He dropped out after three rounds, but recovered to bag a haul of club trophies.
Now he insists he is better prepared than ever and is aiming for a top-10 finish in the nationals. The Malbank School pupil admitted: 'I wasn't prepared well enough, either mentally or physically, last year.
'I thought I could treat the national events like a club meeting, and I was wrong. I started the races well and would be in the leading pack.
'But I would go too fast, get nervous and tense up, and find myself going back through the field and tensing up. Then when the bike started playing up, I had to drop out.
'This time I am sure it will be different. I am ready mentally and physically. I have been training with Chris Whittle, the Wulfsport World twin-shock champion from Willaston, and going to the gym.
'I have stepped up to a 250cc bike and I am going a lot better. I will be one of the youngest in the championship, but I still want to finish in the top-10 overall.'
Despite his disappointment at dropping out of the nationals, Xenon enjoyed an incredible season at club level. He won 24 of the 25 races he entered - suffering brake failure in the other.
He missed too many of the Cheshire North West club rounds to figure in their overall standings, but walked away with the overall title from Welsh club Red Dragons, along with the rider of the year and King of Dragons titles.
Xenon, who is grateful for maintenance help from MXR Motocross, starts his national campaign at Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire, on March 18 and 19. His half-brother Harley Fox, 12, who won the Cheshire North West small wheels title last year, will also compete in the nationals.
Piggott said: 'I really enjoy it because it gets your adrenalin going. I look forward to it every weekend. I want to become professional one day, that is my dream job.'
Anyone interested in sponsoring Xenon Piggott is asked to call his grandparents Ray and Doreen Piggott on 01270 568038.