KYOGLE dirt-bike racer Dean Ferris is the first to admit that he likes to live life in the fast lane.
And it's about to get a lot faster for the 21-year-old, who has signed with the Ice One Kawasaki team to compete in the 2012 World Motocross Championships.
He will be based in Belgium and compete throughout Europe as well as Brazil, Mexico and Russia.
It's a dream come true for Ferris, who began riding competitively at the age of 10 and turned professional at 16.
"It's a big step for me and I'll be competing every weekend for about nine months next year," Ferris said.
"It will be tough, but I love life in the fast lane.
"I still feel like I'm the new kid on the block, even though I turned pro five years ago."
Ferris finished fourth in the Australian Motocross Championship after leading the competition for most of the year until he broke his thumb.
He has enjoyed his time back in Kyogle and signed autographs and met kids at a promotional day at Birkbecks Menswear in the main street on Saturday.
"I'm still based in Kyogle and the thumb is feeling 100 per cent," he said.
"I love riding with my mates out bush and training in Kyogle."
Chad Reed is Australia's most successful motocross racer and pocketed about $8.5 million in prizemoney this year.
Ferris would love to follow in his footsteps.
"He (Reed) is someone I look up to and I've always dreamed of being a world champion," Ferris said.
"I definitely wouldn't say no to the money that comes along with it too."