Motocross star, 11, from Northampton flies to America to backflip on his motorcycle
Olivia Reynolds’ parents bought her first motocross bike when she was three years old, but they “didn’t expect her to excel this far in the sport.
Eight years later, she and her family were taken to America in October by Travis Pastrana, one of the biggest names in motocross and frontman of the famous group Nitro Circus.
It all started when Olivia and her dad, Ben, submitted a video of stuff to the group following a social media call and after that they requested another longer clip to show what the 11 year old child could do.
After hearing nothing for a few months, they woke up to thousands of social media notifications a day after Nitro Circus shared the video – with fans of the group calling on Travis to invite Olivia to the United States.
“He got in touch and said to me ‘practice your backflips on the trampoline and I’ll fly over you as soon as Covid is gone so you can do one on your bike.’ We’ve spoken to him since and we were due to fly over in March, but there was no way, ”said Ben Reynolds, Olivia’s father.
They are expected to arrive in America on October 6 if all goes according to plan.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Olivia, who lives in Moulton with her family.
She started competing in 2019. Of her first three championships, she won two and finished second in the other.
Getting Olivia into races has never been at the forefront of the family’s minds, but more and more people have started to comment on her speed and advise on the next step in the competition.
Ben said: “The main reason she started biking was to watch random boobies get up and do backflips, which is why it’s something she always wanted to do.
“All she wants is to get better at tricks and stunts, and that’s why she’s been spotted by the greatest of all time.”
He “couldn’t believe what he was looking at” when she entered her first race against 30 boys and had placed in the top 10 by the end of the weekend.
It wasn’t until Olivia had a big enough bike with gears that she was able to backflip, and now the time is right.
The family have been invited to spend the day with Travis Pastrana and his rally team when they visit the UK for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
Travis said he had “big plans and big ideas” for their visit to America and that they were going to make it “really special” for Olivia.
“The way Olivia was talking to him blew him away even more,” said Ben.
“She’s really confident she can do a backflip. All she owns the bikes for is backfliping and being silly on it – and in a way, she’s really fast.
“As soon as Travis mentions doing a backflip to the adult professionals he knows, they put their bikes away. As he said, Oliva could be the future of the sport and it’s exciting to see.
One day Olivia wants to be a women’s motocross world champion and hold as many freestyle tricks records as possible.
If she achieves her dream of doing a backflip on her motocross bike, she will hold the Guinness World Record as the youngest woman to do so.
She is also aiming to win the Mini O’s contest in which they participate in America in November, and the great American amateur contest, Loretta Lynn’s, next year.
Ben added, “As long as she keeps smiling and doing what she loves, that’s all that matters.”
She currently competes nationally in the UK, placing in the top five or six with the boys each time, but the family believe she will excel a lot more in America where the girls’ racing pool is much bigger.
“Olivia fills me and her mother with so much pride. I have never met a child so passionate about anything in my life, ”said Ben.
“Everywhere we go people are saying how good she is, but also how well behaved and respectful she is.
“There are a lot of kids who could take this experience for granted and let it go to their heads, but Olivia doesn’t hesitate.
“The only thing that worries her is that her bike is ready to go.
“If she keeps that head on her shoulders, she can go as far as she wants.”