By Rose Barrett
Kayne Fleming is only eight years old and yet, he is already being tipped as a future champion in motor bike racing.
Being a member of the Fleming family from Finglas means you grow up with the smell of motor oil – and the love of engines and motor bike racing.
Grandad Ken, who is Kayne’s manager and trainer, is himself a former Irish Formula One Champion (1981). He told the Gazette that young Kayne is destined to be a motor bike racer.
“It’s in his DNA; he is the older son of my daughter Ashleigh, and he has spent a lot of time here with his Granny Adrienne and I. I always have bikes here and during Covid, I restored a professional racing bike, a Yahama 250. I swear it was better than a new model by the time I was finished!
“Kayne has been accompanying me on the circuit since he could walk and he got the bug early. As soon as he could, he was up on motor bikes and looking to ride his own!
“Kayne got his first electric bike at four years of age and he has been up and down on two wheels ever since. He deffo has the touch”, said his proud grandfather.
“Last year, Santa brought his first KTM motor-cross bike; he is also riding 110 Stomp which his mother bought him.
“There are two different disciplines in racing: KTM motor-cross grass track and racing on tarmac (hence the Stomp bike) which is done at the likes of Mondello.”
Ken’s only grandchild carrying the name of Fleming, attends St Cannis’s Boys NS in Finglas.
Ken added: “His attitude to biking in incredible. He is so focused, determined and listens to every bit of advice given. He is brave beyond belief – he just gets up again and dusts him off after a fall. I don’t know if he has any nerves!
“Kayne goes to Thomas O’Grady in Skerries and Thomas has taken a great interest in him, such is his talent and skillset already. Thomas thinks there could be the makings of a future champion in Kayne.
“Recently, an expert said to Thomas ‘That was some jump the young lad on the 65 KTM made’. He was totally shocked when Thomas replied, ‘That wasn’t a 65, that was young Kayne Fleming on a 50 KTM!’
But moving onto the racing circuit brings its own challenges.
“In order for Kayne to compete, he needs to have good equipment, good safety gear and to meet the costs of maintaining the bikes, travel., competition entry expenses, etc.”
This summer, Kayne hopes to participate in several events across Ireland and the UK, with the aim to progress to the next level and gain more valuable experience.
“Hence, his uncle Keith Sloan started a GoFundMe campaign.
“We set ourselves a target of €2,500 to begin with. We are very grateful to several companies in Finglas/Glasnevin who have been so generous, Van Fleet Ideal Energy and Mega Bikes among them.”
Would you like to see this Finglas youngster scale the heights and speed in motor bike racing? See https://www.gofundme.com/f/kaynes-motocross-journey to donate.