Motocross: Valley youth wins national title |

Motocross: Valley youth wins national title

by Joey Crandall

Ty Tremaine has much the same dream as one would expect from any other sixth-grade boy in Carson Valley.

The 12-year-old wants to be a professional athlete when he grows up.

The difference with Tremaine, however, is that he’s already well on his way to achieving that dream.

Tremaine, a sixth-grader in Mr. Bytheway’s class at Scarselli Elementary School, recently clinched national titles in the 85 B and 85 Supermini B classes of the World Off Road Championship Series, marking his second and third national titles in the last three years.

“This is what I want to do with my life,” Tremaine said. “I want motocross to be my profession. It’s been my dream since I started riding.”

Tremaine has certainly made a name for himself in the last few years. He captured the WORCS national title in the 65 cc class two years and placed second in the 65A and in the 85B classes last year.

“It’s gotten to where kids will come up to me and say they were hoping I wouldn’t be at this race,” Tremaine said. “It’s pretty weird.”

The WORCS series runs from January to November and has races in Arizona, California, Utah and Washington and features many of the top pros in the sport in the upper classes.

“It’s pretty cool getting to mingle with them,” Tremaine said. “I love this series because of that.”

He also competes in the District 36 series, which wraps up next month.

He started out the WORCS season in Surprise, Arizona back in January.

“The results were good, so we thought we should go for it and do the season,” Tremaine said.

Tremaine suffered a costly crash at the beginning of the Round 2 race at Racetown 395 in California, but came back to finish on the podium.

That tenacious spirit served him well as he suffered a dislocated shoulder in August, which put him off the bike for several weeks, but he was back on in time for the next race.

After nearly 16,000 miles in his family’s motor home, including stops in Moab, Utah and Portland, Ore., Tremaine sat atop the leader board in points.

He said his favorite track was Strateline in Olympia, Wash.

“The track there was awesome,” Tremaine said. “I met a lot of fr4iends along the way.”

He navigated a tough course in Honolulu Hills, Calif., in the season finale and brought home his two championship trophies.

“The bottom line is that I love to ride and race,” Tremaine said.

He credited his success in part to his new Yamaha bike, which had an engine built by ProCircuit. His practice sessions were just about as varied in location as his race circuit as he spent time working out in the Pine Nuts, the RMS outdoor facility in Reno and the Prairie City Vehicular Recreation Area just south oif Sacramento.

His sponsors include McCoy’s Offroad, the Moto-Mouth Mini team, Moose, RMS, Alpinestar, Bad Bonz Motorsports, Smith and East Slope Inc.

“I just wanted to give a special thanks to my mom and dad for their support and to my dad for prepping my bikes and taking me to the races.”