A MOTOCROSS champion who has won three major titles has had his hopes of competing in Belgium next month dashed.

Dominic Lancett was selected to represent Great Britain at the Motocross of Nations.

But the 15-year-old, who first rode a bike at the age of seven, has since been notified that he was too old to compete at the event.

"I got all my hopes up but was told that I was three days too old for it," said Lancett.

"My sponsor had got me a flag and a shirt with the Union Jack on, so it was gutting to be told the news."

However, Lancett is still targeting the Junior Motocross World Championships in Australia next year after a stunning run of form.

The Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School pupil, who is from Cross Keys, is the first person to win the British Youth Championship, the MX Nationals Championship and the Pirelli Masters in one season.

And he is set to make the step up from 85cc to 125cc class and rider on the European stage.

"It felt pretty good in to win all three and it has been everything that I have been working for," said Lancett.

"I was third in the British Youth Championship last year and coming into this season, I was the favourite.

"I led from start to finish and won it at Pontrilas.

"There were five races over the weekend – three on the Saturday and two on the Sunday – and won the title in the second race.

"I like the track at Pontrilas because of the soil used.

"All of the other tracks use sand, but they prepare it right there and there's nice big ruts meaning the better riders do well there."

Lancett, who is sponsored by KJS Racing, is supported by his school whenever he races.

But the teenager, who is now in his final year at Bishop's, is fully aware that he will have to balance riding and school work more next season.

"We've had multiple meetings with the school and they've let me have days off, like when I travelled to Scotland and Cornwall," said Lancett, who became the first person to win back-to-back BSMA Schoolboy Championships in 2014.

"But next year, I will be going to European rounds so it will be harder."