Gardnerville boy wins national title
At only 10 years old, Gardnerville’s Ty Tremaine is piling up an impressive resume in the dirt biking world.
Tremaine recently put the wraps on the national championship in the World Off Road Championship Series 65cc junior class.
The Scarselli Elementary fourth-grader spent the better part of the last year accumulating points at races in Utah, Arizona, Washington, California, Idaho and Nevada.
In total, the Tremaines racked up nearly 11,000 miles traveling to races once a month. As part of the series, participants had to race in seven of 12 sanctioned events to remain eligible for the championship.
“I just took it one race at a time and went from there,” Tremaine said. “I won a lot of races.”
Tremaine broke his collarbone about halfway through the season in a non-race related accident and had to miss one race.
“I dropped to second place after that, but then I won two races in a row and took over first,” Tremaine said. “The kids I was battling with all year, his brother crashed and they had to miss a few races in a row, so I pulled away from there.”
Tremaine still had to finish the final race to capture the crown, however.
He was competing against about 70 other racers for the season and an average of 25 competitors per race.
“We made some pretty good friends on the tour,” Tremaine said. “I met a lot of people. There were some local kids that I got to battle with and I see them at most of the races.”
As part of his haul of prizes for winning the title, he brought home a trophy, jacket, assorted racing gear and $1,400 in Moose bucks from one of his sponsors.
He had to go up in front of about 500 people at the circuit’s awards banquet to claim his trophy.
“I was so nervous that when I went to thank one of my sponsors, Bad Bonz, I said Bad Boynz,” Tremaine said with a laugh. “It was exciting though.”
Tremaine also raced in the Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada Desert Series this year and too third in the 65cc expert class. He was undefeated in all of the races he did compete in.
When he was 6 years old, Tremaine won the 50cc class in the Desert Series. He has been racing since he was four.
He is sponsored by Bad Bonz motor sports, McCoy’s Off Road, Motomouth Mini Team, Smith, Moose, East Slope Construction, RMS, KTM of Mojave. He also wanted to thank his mom and dad for supporting him throughout the season.
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