FARMINGTON — Evan Woody was not surprised to see his mother, Khrysta Woody, loading his 2014 Cobra CX50 JR motorcycle into the back of the family's pick-up truck when he was dropped off from school Thursday afternoon.
After all, to ensure the 6-year-old passes the competitive qualifier to get into Loretta Lynn's Amateur Motocross National Championship, the biggest race of the year, he needs all the time in the saddle he can get.
Evan and his parents are confident he will make it, especially considering his track record so far this year. On March 12, he finished first in the 4-6 mod 51cc class at the FMF Racing GNC International Motocross Final in Decatur, Texas. The following week, on March 19, he took home the first-place trophy from the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship in Wortham, Texas. The trophy wasn't the only prize for Evan at that race. He also got to participate in a motocross training camp put on by his favorite racer, James "Bubba" Stewart.
Evan started riding a motorbike at age 3.
"When he was 2, his dad told him, 'When you take your training wheels off your pedal bike, I'll buy you a dirt bike,'" his mother recounts. "At 2 and a half, he said, 'Take 'em off!'"
He then rode down a long hill pedal-free to prove his ability. Shortly after, Evan proved and got his first bike.
Evan soon found the small warm-up track at the Aztec Motocross Track and his PW 50 motorbike too small and graduated to bigger and better things. He now rides three bikes — a practice bike, a race bike and a mod bike, which, his mom explained, is a more powerful bike that is allowed only in certain races.
Now, Evan is gearing up for the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at country star Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The competition, which is July 27 to Aug. 2 this year, is the "world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship," according to mxsports.com.
While Evan and his family travel extensively to support his motocross career, his mom says it's worth it.
Still, she makes sure to pick up missed homework from Evan's teachers. Evan also has friends who compete in motocross, and the families often travel together to the races.
Evan's parents also think it is important for him to have an understanding of how the bike works.
The enjoyment Evan gets out of motocross, though, is evident. After zooming around the big track at the Aztec Motocross Track for about an hour Thursday, he was cooling down again on the small track when his mom said it was time to go.
"Three!" Evan insisted, and then completed three more loops before riding his bike up a ramp into the truck bed.