Motocross father and daughter duo show the boys how it’s done

Esme and Darren King collect their parent and child of the year award from British champion Shaun Simpson
Esme and Darren King collect their parent and child of the year award from British champion Shaun Simpson

A Southwater father and daughter motocross duo are showing the other boys how it’s done after a successful season on their bikes.

Darren King and Esme have been tearing up the track this season and have raced to a collection of titles and awards between them.

Esme King

Esme King

Seasoned rider Darren got back in the saddle for the first time in 14 years this season after an injury put paid to his racing back in 2001.

In that time, 12-year-old Eseme has followed in her father’s footsteps and they have raced side by side up and down the country this year.

The 41-year-old won the VMX title - which is the veterans’ category for 35 years and above - by more than 100 points after 13 meetings up and down the country.

While Millais School pupil Esme, who races on the same course as her dad every other Sunday, placed eighth overall in the small wheels 85cc group - in which she is the only girl.

Darren King

Darren King

But the accolades didn’t stop there, they picked up the parent and child of the year award for their Portsmouth Motocross Club from 30 other families

Darren was also voted by his clubmates as the rider of the year and picked up the most consistent rider after finishing first or second in all the meetings.

The pair collected 12 trophies between them at the presentation evening at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton.

Darren said: “We won the parent and child club award which is amalgamated points through the season. It’s great as there are not many girls that race to be fair and when she does at the weekends she upsets a fair few of the boys she beats.

“I was racing years ago and she started racing when she was six and she’s coming up to 13 now and she loves it, we are very proud of her.

“It was my first year back since 2001 when I gave up with an injury and since then my daughter started racing when she was six, so I decided to start up again.”

The duo have raced at meetings from Bath, to Petersfield and Swindon all along the M4 during the season which started back in February.

And Darren added: “I knew I had won the VMX as I had been adding up the points of every meeting going along, but the rider of the year all of the members voted for it.

“It was quite a few people that voted for me and I wasn’t expecting to win it at all, so that was nice.”

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