A RISING young star from Tullibody has collected a championship trophy on two wheels and is jumping onto 400cc class bikes at the age of just 14.

Fletcher McInally won the Melville MC Scottish Formula 125 motorcycle championship in the very first season he made the leap from mini motos to a 125cc Aprilia RS125.

He finished fourth in the final race of the September 14-15 weekend at East Fortune Race Circuit and the points were enough to keep him at the top of the board.

Not only that, he also managed to secure his national license meaning he can now take off the orange vest which must be worn by racing novices.

Moving forward, the Wee County's motor sport prodigy will be going on test runs at Knockhill with his KTM RC 390 in preparation for next season.

The 43hp bike is much more powerful than his ride this year, but proud dad Alan is confident his son, who will tackle the last round of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club championship on his new bike, is ready.

Speaking after Fletcher's championship-winning race, Alan said: "I was absolutely ecstatic.

"For his full year on the bike it was just a massive achievement for him.

"He went in with a lot of points and it all kind of fell his way."

Fletcher will be nearly doubling the "horses" underneath him with the bigger bike, but his dad is confident he will be able to cope.

Alan, a mechanic, said: "With the pace he's shown he's been starting to get caught out on the 125's [bike] straight line speed because of his size so he needs to move onto a bit more power."

Lap times have been improving steadily for the Lornshill Academy pupil, with his dad adding that it has been "an absolutely brilliant year".

Fletcher's motor sport journey started when his sister Cadence won the duo a mini moto bike each at a competition.

She has since turned her attention to gymnastics and also scooped a gymnast of the year award recently so the McInallys had much cause to celebrate this month.

Proud mum Joanne does her best to split her time between the trackside and the matside.

Fletcher, who runs with number 19, was keen to thank everyone who supported him over the season with special thanks to sponsors the Diamond Dogs Pet Hotel and his uncle Jimmy.