FOREST racer Simon Morgan achieved a life-time's ambition to compete on the Isle of Man races – and he could be back for more.

Simon, of Coalway, said the original plan was to experience the thrill of Manx Grand Prix racing once but the offer of a new bike for next year's event could tempt him back.

He said: "I surpassed all my expectations."

Simon has been racing motorcycles since he was 10-years-old and had to complete 18 months of competition in order to qualify for the Manx Grand Prix races.

He spent 14 days in Douglas, the Manx capital, riding his 600cc Yamaha R6 ahead of the gruelling races on the famous mountain course around the island.

The 37.7-mile mountain course is one of the most challenging in the world and Simon was due to complete four laps of the course.

He said: "My average speed was 111mph and I used more fuel than I anticipated and ended up running out of petrol three miles from the finish."

Despite that setback Simon still managed to finish 13th out of 78 newcomers.

He added: "I had planned this to be a one-off but having been offered a new bike for next year I could well be back."