News

Here are the top news stories from regional, national and international motocross races Neo competes in; his TV appearances and charity initiatives he thinks of to brighten up the lives of children dealing with sad situations.

 

Click the social media links to the left now so you can keep up with Neo's cool adventures as they happen.

2017 Arenacross UK

 

Neo is always up for trying new things, in 2016 it was adapting to the 65cc race group one year early, along with gaining new riding skills and experiences when he added enduro to the mix, taking the thrill away from race tracks and in to roral areas to learn how to ride across different terrain and natural obstacles, like rocks and fallen trees.

 

The new experience for 2017 is a whole new challenge to take on whilst having epic experiences. Neo is one of the 12 exclusive riders selected to compete in Arenacross. Racing at the most presitgeous arenas across England, Ireland and Scotland in the build up to the final at Wembley!

It all kicks off at Manchester Arena on 7 January and tickets for all venues are available here www.arenacrossuk.com.

International Racing for Great Britain

 

In July 2016 Neo formed part of Team GB for the second consecutive year at MX Master Kids. Great Britain was one of 27 countries being represented by 750 riders who battled for supremacy as individuals and their respective country.

 

Neo won the 50cc class in 2015 but was unable to defend his title in 2016 because of moving up to race in the 65cc class one year earlier than planned.

 

Neo ranked 12 out of the 47 competing in the 65cc Gold Group Final after just six months experience on the bigger, faster bike. Great Britain ranked 3, Team USA 2 and the Czech Republic won.

Pride of Britain Awards

 

It was a proud moment in the office when the UKs largest Childrens charity, Barnardos, informed us they nominated Neo for a Pride of Britain Award because staff are so moved by the compassion he shows others and impressed by all he has achieved by the tender age of nine. The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place.

 

Although he did not receive an award this year; it is an accomplishment in itself for the UKs largest children's charity to suggest he is worthy. Devika Chowdhury from Barnardo’s, said: “Neo is an inspirational young man."

 

The video of Neo being named Derby's Local Hero prior to this nomination is here.

2015 Winter Champion

 

 

Neo ended his time racing in the 50cc class on a high by winning the 2015 WWMX Winter Championship; he moved up to the 65cc class at the beginning of 2016 one year earlier than planned.

 

The championship trophy was awarded to Neo after he won three out of four rounds held in mentally and physically challenging winter conditions.

Extreme Sports TV Documentary

 

Producers from one of the mainstream TV channels followed Neo with cameras during his training, racing and home life to capture footage for a fly-on-the-wall documentary about children who take part in extreme sports.

 

Neo agreed to star in the show so the public get a better understanding of this hugely popular motorsport and what life is like for a junior athlete working hard to achieve their dream at such a young age. The documentary about young daredevils is due to be televised in May 2016.

Representing Team GB

 

In 2015 Neo travelled to France with 11 teammates to represent Great Britain in the MX Master Kids, the only international competition for riders competing on a 50cc. 25 countries were represented by riders competing as individuals and collectively for their respective country.

 

Neo joined 25 other racers from 14 countries in his Group Final and his determination to win drove on him to chase down first place and take the chequered flag; contributing maximum points towards Team GBs overall result. Great Britain ranked 4 and Team USA took the number one spot.

#NitroAid

 

What started from Neo deciding to cheer up poorly children in hospital by taking them some toys has grown in to #NitroAid, a national initiative that spreads smiles on the faces of children coping with saddening situation.

 

Since 2013 Neo has been supported by generous fans from across England who give small donations he is able to transform in to huge acts of kindness. His mission to spread smiles on the faces of children in hospital has since been extended to children and families being helped by Barnardos, the UKs largest children's charity. Click here for more information.

Local Hero

 

Neo was crowned Derby's Local Hero after intu shopping centre and Derby Telegraph launched a county wide search for unsung heroes. Judges chose Neo because of his efforts to help those less fortunate than himself, he's raised money for several charities, donated almost 2,000 toys and Easter eggs to spread smiles on the faces of children facing rough times and gathered aid to help survivors of typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines.

 

Neo was invited to officially launch Christmas by switching on festive lights for shoppers at the intu centre. He then lead a parade on his motocross bike through the city streets before going on to the Capitalztivestage with Dino and Pete to switch on the city Christmas lights for over 6000 festive revellers who came to enjoy the event.