PRESTONPANS youngster Adon Davies is celebrating after coming third in the Scottish Minimoto Championships – just two years after taking up the sport.

Nine-year-old Adon, a pupil at Prestonpans Primary School, took up the fast-paced sport after winning a professional bike for a year when he was still only seven.

And he powered his way to a top three position during his second season.

The youngster was presented with his trophy at a glittering night out in Edinburgh by three-times British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie and his son Tarran.

Mum Jacqui said: “We’re all very, very proud of Adon. He has proved a natural and really enjoys the competitions. I never thought he would become so good so quickly.” Primary 5 pupil Adon, from Atholl View, in Prestonpans, was one of 10 youngsters who won the chance to have a bike for a year at the annual Scottish Minimoto X Factor Challenge.

This year, youngsters from East Lothian once again have a chance to get their hands on a bike, and follow in Adon’s footsteps, and those of current racing starlets from the county Lewis Rollo and Paul McClung.

The contest is open to all children aged between seven and 13, and is being held at the Kartstart track, in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on March 16.

Alan McIntosh, owner of McIntosh Mini Bikes, has been running the giveaway for 14 years, from his business in Dalkeith.

He said that it gives youngsters a chance to access the world of minimoto racing, without the initial expense of buying a bike.

He said: “The kids don’t even need to have experience to come along and try out. We just remind parents it is a big commitment and needs 100 per cent input from them as well as their children.” The lucky winners, who are judged on their performance during laps, receive a bike for one season but are required to buy their own safety clothing at a discounted price.