A HEREFORD motocross rider has been crowned the 2017 +30 European Classic Motocross Champion.

Wayne Partington, 46, competed in three different countries to achieve his highest accolade to date.

The Classic Motocross Championships consists of bikes manufactured before 1974 competing at different circuits across Europe.

The first part of the competition was held in the Czech Republic, where Wayne finished third overall.

Following this, he took his Czech made bike, a 380cc CZ, to Diskeau, Germany, where he once again took third place on the podium.

The final round of the championship saw Wayne race at his favourite track, on the sandy circuit at Lochem, in the Netherlands.

His confidence on the circuit resulted in him securing a second place finish, with his nearest rivals much further afield.

After being crowned champion, Wayne said: "I feel absolutely overjoyed at finally taking home the European title.

"I have been trying for many years to get the win finishing in all the other podium positions, but to finally get there this year is brilliant."

Wayne has been competing in motocross since he was seven-years-old.

In 2013 he took the Pre 1965 British Classic Championship title and in 2015 won the Pre 1974 British Classic Championship.

He has also competed in the Classic MX Des Nations since 2010, an annual event where nations put together teams of four to race against each other, winning in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Wayne will be competing in this years event in Denmark, on September 9.