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Appling resident to compete in National Motocross Championship

Posted: July 16, 2017 - 12:16am
Trip Rexroat of Appling is competing later this month in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by LUCAS OIL at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Trip Rexroat of Appling is competing later this month in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by LUCAS OIL at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Trip Rexroat is serious about his motocross career.

He watches what he eats. He runs up to five miles a day. He trains five days a week.

And he's just 11.

The hard work is paying off. Rexroat, of Appling, is making his second appearance at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, July 31-Aug. 5, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

"If somebody wasn't excited about, it'd be sad," said Rexroat, who is making his first national motocross appearance since 2012. "It's pretty awesome to go to this event."

Rexroat's life has revolved around motorcycles when he received his first one for Christmas just before he turned 3. A year later, he started racing motorcycles. It was a natural progression for Trip, whose father, Jeff, raced motorcycles as a youth.

Trip said he wants to become a professional motocross competitor in the near future. He's already working toward that goal. Five days a week, he trains at Matt Walker's Moto X Compound in Culloden, Ga., just outside of Macon. There, Rexroat works on things like strength training and riding technique.

The physical work helps him with his endurance, which is what he'll need at the National Motocross Championship. Typically, he rides four laps - a total of eight minutes - when he competes in a race. At the National Motocross Championship, he and his fellow competitors will run for 20 minutes, get a white flag and then ride two more laps.

Rexroat also is also watching his nutrition. He avoids soft drinks and Gatorade. Instead, he ingests a steady diet of water, protein shakes, vegetables, fruit and other healthy food.

In the past 12 months, Rexroat has competed in 36 races. He's won six times and posted 17 top-five finishes. Rexroat finished in the top 10 in the region to advance to the Southeast Regional in May in Gainesville, Fla. There, he finished third in the 85cc 9-11 age class to advance to the Loretta Lynn event - the top six riders in each class from seven regions throughout the United States advanced.

Rexroat will race six times during the National Motocross Championship. He said he has three goals when he gets there.

He wants to be the first rider coming out of the first corner in each race. He then wants to make the podium (finishing first, second or third). Last, but most important, he wants to stay on two wheels.

After the national championship, Rexroat will get a brief break.

Then, he'll resume his motocross career and continue his homeschool work.

In November, he'll likely spend Thanksgiving on the road at a competition with his dad, mother, Jennifer, and younger sister, Sydney, in tow. That's the life of a motocross family, a life Trip hopes extends to the professional ranks.

As for competing on motorcycles, Rexroat had a hard time explaining why he enjoys it so much. He just knew after trying wee ball many years ago, baseball wasn't for him. Instead, he preferred being on his bike.

"It's fun," he said. "I just like to do it."

 

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