Tougher still when you broke your wrist in the first round, not long after dislocating a shoulder the year before.
If trophies were given out for bravery and courage alone, then 16-year-old Josh Mayhew would already be walking away with all the silverware that Bridgestone could offer.
As it is, the Aberystwyth youngster is continuing to do his family proud by keeping pace with many of the leading lights in the seniors, despite such levels of adversity that might have stilted other boys’ progression.
Dad Grant, who is competing in the veterans’ class himself, couldn’t be prouder of his youngest son, who was getting lapped at the back of the field last season but is making a marked improvement in 2016.
He said: “He is doing really well and is enjoying himself. Josh is a dedicated lad and is as committed as they come. He lives for his motocross and hasn’t let his broken wrist get him down at all.”
Both father and son have noticed a big difference in standard since moving up to the Bridgestone BSMA – and Grant views this as a big factor in Josh’s development.
“But the Bridgestone BSMA is another level completely from his club racing. The senior group is one of the most competitive classes out there. It is a first class field which Josh is learning a lot from.
“There has been a noticeable improvement from last year, not just in his placings but his all-round riding ability.
“Last season Josh would be getting lapped regularly but that hasn’t been the case in 2016.”
With more purpose and poise gained in every race – and an engineering apprenticeship secured with a well-known railway company – it is now a case of full steam ahead.