Young biker set for glory

Deegan Claasens. Photo: Supplied.

Deegan Claasens, a grade 4 pupil at Laerskool Hennopspark, is a real petrolhead and motorbike enthusiast. Claasens has been racing motorbikes since the tender age of 7, and has become a formidable rider since.

According to his father, Desmond, Deegan started his racing career with a 49cc pocket bike. “We bought him his first quad bike when he was two years old, and he fell in love with all motorbikes since. From the age of 8, he has been racing with the South African Motorcycle Racing Academy (Samra) in the NSF 100 junior class,” said Desmond.

Claasens is currently competing in the 150cc 150 cup, and is one of the youngest riders in the regional cup series. He finished third overall in the 2015 NSF100 cup season.

“Through Samra, Deegan has gotten training from most of the national riders, including Brent Harran and international riders like Joey Litjens from the Netherlands,” said Desmond.

The entire family supports Deegan. “His mom and I are at all his races, and support him wholeheartedly. He is so passionate about bikes!”

It’s not all play and no work for Deegan though. “When he doesn’t listen to his mom, she takes away his bikes,” said Desmond laughing.

Deegan will continue with his racing and hopes to compete with of the best in the world at the 650cc Pata Cup in Spain, which is open to 14- to 21-year-old male racers and 14-to 23-year-old female racers.

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