14-year-old Kevin (Kevo) Keyes, of Fr. Paul Murphy Street, Edenderry is aiming to reach the top in motorcycling racing.
Kevin had just completed his second year at Oaklands Community College, Edenderry and has been interested in racing from a very young age.
Kevin’s dad, Ron is also a very keen racing enthusiast and has encouraged his son since he was only three years old when he presented his son with a brand new Mini Moto.
On Kevin’s 6th birthday, he took part in his first race at Nutts Corner Raceway, Co. Antrim on a Yamaha PW 50 Scrambler.
On Saturday week last, Kevin took part in two races at Bishops Court, Co. Antrim where he was up against riders from all over Ireland.
He won his two races and was within 100th of a second in breaking the course record for the fastest lap on his Aprilia RS 125cc.
The young, unassuming lad currently holds two course records, one at Kildare’s own Mondello Park and the other at County Down.
Kevin’s favourite racer is Rossi and he has attended many race meetings to watch his idol in action. His aim now is to compete at Moto GP and one day to become World Champion.
In his home at Edenderry, he has a vast collection of cups and trophies which he has won since he started racing eight years ago.
Kevin’s mother Ann and his sister Jessica are huge supporters of motorcycle racing and travel to all of his races.
Recently Kevin was racing at Mondello Park, and was spotted by Ian Marshall, UK Race Promoter.
He offered Kevin a chance to compete at the UK’s Premier Racing Circuit, at Rockingham, Northamptonshire.
Kevin and his dad Ron, were very excited at getting a chance to take part in the English event in the home of motorcycle racing.
The entire town of Edenderry is getting behind Kevin Keyes and they will be hoping that he will have great success in the future.
He will also be making another record, as the first person ever from Edenderry to compete in motorcycle racing.
A special fundraising event is taking place at the Copper Bar on Friday, 3rd August commencing at 9pm. Admission is E5 and music will be supplied by Saoirse, Project X, Cassidy Says and John Nolan.
The cost of purchasing racing motorcycles, safety wear, transportation to race venues and maintaining the motorcycles is enormous.
Ron Keyes is well-known in Edenderry and the surrounding areas for his involvement in building construction and he is confident that the people of Edenderry will support his son Kevin and help him to reach his goal to become top motorcycle racer.
People who have seen Kevin in action on the racing circuits said that they have no doubts that this level-headed young man will become a top class rider and will be a household name throughout Ireland and England in the next few years.