TEENAGE motocross rider Dylan Woodcock had a disappointing Junior World Championship weekend but is taking the positives from the experience.
The 14-year-old from Hadleigh finished 14th overall after two motos at the event in Leumeux in Belgium.
He had hoped for a better showing but the Kawasaki Team Green UK rider remained upbeat.
“I’m disappointed with the results and was a bit gutted straight after the racing, but now I’ve thought about it a bit more I’m happy with how I rode,” said Woodcock.
“I now know where I’m at with some of the best riders in the world.
“My speed was good and now I know where I need to improve, so that’s the target going forward.”
Woodcock has not been riding the European Championship this season so did not know how his pace compared with his competitors from the continent.
But riding the bike he has competed on all season was an advantage as he qualified fifth fastest in Group A.
The Essex rider got boxed in after the start of a rain-affected first moto but worked his way up from 18th to finish seventh, setting the fourth quickest lap time in the process.
The weather was worse for the second moto and Dylan got caught up in a first turn crash which left him 38th.
He picked up places until he came off after a tangle with American Garrett Marchbanks and then went down again a few laps later.
Dylan finished 18th for a combined 13th overall in his second Junior World Motocross Championship, following his debut in the Czech Republic last year.
The teenager now turns his attention to the British Youth Nationals before heading to America to compete in the Monster Cup in October.