A HEREFORD motorcyclist battled back from a broken collar bone to finish second in the Mini Bike British Championship.

At one stage it looked like Craig Newton would struggle to compete on a bike again after severally shattering his shoulder in a motocross accident nine years ago.

He was left with limited movement, but decided to give mini bike racing a go.

That took him to the British Championship, which consisted of 30 races over 10 rounds.

However, in the off season, Newton broke his collarbone just two weeks before the first race of the season.

A few more crashes occurred once the championship started, as well as a small bike problem.

However, Newton stayed in contention to win the title and took the contest to the last race.

But another bike issue resulted in him having to settle for second place.

"I was pretty gutted it ended this way but that's racing," said Newton.

"All things considered, this year has been amazing.

"I also got the chance to ride in the Mini Bike World Championship that was in the UK.

"Again it wasn't my weekend and I came in 17th, but considering I was up against the best races from around the world, I still see it as an achievement and I've got more to give.

"I also managed to finish in top 10 in the pro class at the Britain Championships, even though I'm considered a professional."

Anyone interested in helping or sponsoring him for next season can call 07780 660325.