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Max races ahead in fathers footsteps as part of new BBC NI documentary

Eight year old Max Robinson from Ballymoney appears to have has caught the racing bug as he puts on his racing gear, determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, as seen in a new BBC documentary—’Speed Kids’.

Part of the True North series, the Fast-paced documentary looks at the lives of the children who dream of becoming the next generation of motorcycle stars, and the families who juggle nerves and excitement as they support these young riders’.

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Paul Robinson, Max’s dad, a name familiar to many on the road racing circuit who himself is a winner at some of the most recognised racing circuits throughout Ireland, which includes the famous UGP and NW200.

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As well as being the nephew of racing legends Joey & Robert Dunlop, Paul’s own father Mervyn was also one of the original ‘Armoy Armada’ members before his tragic and untimely death at the NW200 in 1980.

Now Paul, who retired from racing in 2018, gets to watch his son Max, who turned eight earlier this year, fulfil his own dreams on the racing track to become the next motorcycle star.

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Featuring children aged 6-14 racing at speeds of up to 135mph, this action-packed film gives a personal insight into a sporting culture that is unique to Northern Ireland.

Tonight (Tuesday, April 12), watch Max participate in the Bam Bam class for children aged 6-10.

According to the shows producers Max’s, ‘determination on the track and fearless attitude has meant that despite his age, some people are already comparing him to his great-uncle, the legendary Joey Dunlop.’

The families also discuss the dangers of the sport they love and the unthinkable consequences of an accident.

True North ‘Speed Kids’ on BBC One Northern Ireland, Tuesday, April 12 at 10:40 pm.

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