NOT every teenager spends his days dicing with death.
But for 14-year-old Peter Pavlov – Europe’s youngest motorbike stunt rider – it’s his job.
The brave youngster is performing as part of Plant Circus, which has set up at Bents Park in South Shields.
Peter, who was born into the circus life, first got to grips with motorbikes at the age of six and, a year later, he was in the ring.
He said: “My family have been part of the circus for generations. It was only natural I’d end up performing too.
“My friend first got me interested in the bikes. I was a bit scared but he said if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to do it again.
“I did like it, and it has gone on from there.”
He added: “I had my first try at six then my dad bought me my own bike for my birthday, and I’ve been performing since I was seven.”
Recently Peter appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent with his ‘Globe Of Death’ act – which sees him riding around a metal dome at break-neck speeds with other bikers while his sister stood in the middle.
They were given four ‘yes’ votes by judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on the show.
But audiences will have to wait to see how well Peter does.
The biker used to train for hours every day, but now he admits that’s not the case. He said: “I don’t really have to now. I know what I’m doing and I’m used to it, I do it that often.
“I don’t even get nervous any more. Sometimes there can be accidents but, so far, I’ve been fine. Nothing’s ever happened.”
Peter says he enjoys travelling across the UK with his circus and can’t imagine doing anything else.
He said: “I’ve been to South Shields a few times now. It’s good being able to travel about.
“I can’t imagine doing anything other than performing with the circus. It’s in my blood and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
Planet Circus will be at Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields, until Saturday.
For a full list of performance times and prices visit www.planetcircus.net.