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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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Dirt bike rider going for state title

Kids love dirt bikes. But 8-year-old Trentyn Roelofs rides them for more than just fun. In fact, he’s riding for a state title this weekend. And it’s only his first year riding a dirt bike.
Trentyn “T-Bird” Roelofs is a 3rd grade student at Beach Elementary, and is the son of Brooke Roelofs and Jeremy Robinson, and Brent & Sara Roelofs all of Cedar Springs.
According to Trentyn’s mom, Brooke, Trentyn started practicing on his new KTM bikes in March when there was still snow on the ground and continued to dedicate time to his riding through the cold and rain until the season started in April.
“Since then we have traveled all over the state of Michigan going to races,” said Brooke. “We have been to several cities this summer including Traverse City, Charlotte, Holland, Hudsonville, Manistee, Marshall and Big Rapids.”
Trentyn is thankful for all the friends and family who have supported him in this adventure. “His grandparents have all been so great at being there for him and traveling to races and even camping out at times,” said Brooke. Several local businesses have also given him their support.
Trentyn will be riding his dirt bikes in the 2011 SJO State Fair Series this weekend. “He rides in 2 different classes and is currently tied for 1st place right now in the 50cc Senior class and 2nd place in the 50cc Sport class,” explained Brooke.
This coming weekend is the final Chapter of the race season, ending with Allegan on Friday night, Muskegon on Saturday (7pm) and Sunday (5pm) and Centreville on Monday night. The cost of the Muskegon races are $10 for adults and $5 for kids to come out and show your support. The Muskegon County Fairground are located at 6621 Hts. Ravenna Rd. Ravenna, MI 49451.

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