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These two Inland 4th-graders will race in national motocross championship

By in Press Enterprise on July 19, 2017

By Diane A. Rhodes

Nearly 1,500 motor bike riders will race along dirt tracks from Monday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 5.

They’ll be competing in the 36th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Several Inland youngsters will make the trip and try to win their division before heading back home to start school several days later. The group will include fourth-graders Mason Wells and Manuel Dumais.

Mason, a French Valley resident with many races under his tires, climbed aboard his first dirt bike as a 2-year-old toddler. But he didn’t start riding and racing seriously until he was 6.

“As I have gotten older, I’ve gotten much faster and I’ve learned more,” said Mason, 9. “I like riding my dirt bike, going fast, having fun with my family, hanging out with my moto buddies and most importantly, winning trophies.”

French Valley resident Mason Wells recently qualified to compete at the 36th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch later this month in Tennessee. Nearly 22,000 racers attempted to qualify for 1,482 available positions in 38 classes determined by age and bike size.

Manuel, who lives in Corona, started out doing a lot of trail riding but, as he got older, began competing at national races. Both boys participate in more than 20 races per year and practice several times a week to keep up their riding skills.

Manuel Dumais, of Corona, will compete at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee later this month. This is his fourth trip to the largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program.

Two different races were required to qualify for an invitation to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Racers had to finish in the top 10 of an area qualifier to […]    

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