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Dirt bike rider aims for national championship

Trentyn Roelofs, 9, took third place at the arena cross race in Baltimore.

Trentyn Roelofs, 9, took third place at the arena cross race in Baltimore.

By Judy Reed

 

Come this spring, Cedar Springs may have a champion dirt bike rider in their midst. And he’s only nine years old.

Trentyn Roelofs is a fourth-grader at Cedar View Elementary, and the son of Brooke Roelofs and Jeremy Robinson, and Brent and Sara Roelofs, all of Cedar Springs.

Trentyn started riding dirt bikes in March 2011 and took to it like a duck takes to water. He was soon riding it for more than fun, and finished second in the state in his division that year. He’s now on to a bigger bike, and has bigger aspirations—a national championship at the Amsoil Amateur National Arenacross Championships.

The Amsoil Amateur National Arenacross Championships is a renowned competition that pits the fastest amateurs from across the country in a day-long motocross showdown, from which 27 AMA national champions will be crowned.

Trentyn at the starting line at VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Trentyn at the starting line at VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Trentyn has been riding his KTM 65 dirt bike in various qualifying races around the country to earn enough to points to race in the national championship in May in Las Vegas. He placed 5th against some of the best riders in the nation at Worcester, Massachusetts in early January at the first round AMA Amsoil National Arenacross, and then third in Baltimore. He rode well in Grand Rapids, but crashed, and still came from last to 6th place. He has one more qualifying race on Sunday, February 10, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Brooke said that her son  is confident that his hard work will pay off and he will make it.

“Trentyn has been busy training indoors in Ohio on his off weekends since November and riding in the snow with studded tires at home preparing for these races,” explained Brooke. He is currently leading in points against 22 contenders in his age group, in the north region.

She said that the racing has allowed Trentyn to see parts of the country he has never seen before. “It has been educational for him to learn from the traveling he has done. He has enjoyed everything from small towns to enormous cities flowing with diverse people and surroundings,” noted Brooke.

But even with all the traveling, she doesn’t let it interfere with his schoolwork. “His racing usually ends on Sundays, and then its time to hit the road for the long ride home, twice making it back right when school was starting. But Mom always says, ‘School always comes first, motocross second,’” she explained.

Brooke said that Trentyn rides for Village Motorsports in Grand Rapids and welcomes the opportunity to represent the area doing what he loves—riding his dirt bike!

For more info on arena cross, visit www.arenacross.com.

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