IT'S going to be a tough year for rookie motorcycle racer Nick Anderson. The 15-year-old from High Bickington is taking a big step along the path to becoming a professional rider. He has entered in two race series for riders aged between 12 and 18 which w

IT'S going to be a tough year for rookie motorcycle racer Nick Anderson.The 15-year-old from High Bickington is taking a big step along the path to becoming a professional rider.He has entered in two race series for riders aged between 12 and 18 which will take him to all the big circuits in the country.The Chulmleigh Community College pupil is anxiously awaiting delivery of his new bike, an RS125 Aprillia capable of doing 115 miles per hour.He aims to have it ready in time for the first practice session of the season at the end of February at Mallory Park.Then it will be on to the track in earnest from the middle of March, with the first meeting at the Brands Hatch Indie circuit.Nick will be competing in the Aprillia Superteens competition, which is shown on Sky TV. The other competition he is involved with is broadcast by Men and Motors TV.Nick remembers riding his first motorcycle - a PW50 - at the tender age of five."I loved it and didn't want to know about the brakes," he said.He went on to ride a Honda CR80 at the age of 10 and a KTM SX125 two years later.Last year, for his first season of racing, he rode a 1999 Aprillia RS125.Despite it being an older and heavier bike, he came third in the North Gloucester Club championship, despite missing two double meetings. He won his first race at Pembrey, last July."My bike was not as highly tuned as newer engines and I could not afford to tune it to its full capacity, so I was pleased with my results last year," Nick said. "The Aprillia Superteens is one of England's most highly regarded championships and I will be aiming to finish at least in the top 10."Nick is being supported by his father, Nigel, who runs a flooring company and did some motorcycle racing himself. His mum, Bridgette, also works hard behind the scenes and has even been brave enough to watch some of his races."Last year was a test to see how he would shape up and he did really well," Nigel said."This year, there will be no compromises. We are planning to buy a motor home to take us to meetings all over the country and we are looking for more sponsors."Current sponsors are NMA Flooring, Irelands Motorcycles, JJM Joinery and Cemex.n Anyone interested in sponsoring Nick should contact Nigel on 07801981901.