He flies through the air with the greatest of ease.
And then he lands his bike, takes another curve or jump and wins a trophy.
OK, it’s not thateasy, but Lillooet Motocross racer Keenan Warhurst, 10, has become a provincial champion in his third year of Motocross, an off-road version of motorcycle racing.
Keenan won the B.C. Championship MCQMX - CMRC Series for 10 to 11-year-olds riding 65 cc bikes. Keenan won by finishing in first place in two of three races in Williams Lake and Kamloops. He didn’t compete in the third race in Campbell River because of a family vacation.
His coach Dave Molenaar reports Keenan also won the MCQMX-CMRC B.C. South Series for 65 cc bikes. He earned that title after recording three first-place and three second place finishes in six races on tracks in Kamloops, Kelowna, Popkum, Williams Lake and Quesnel.
Keenan is in Grade 6 at Cayoosh Elementary. At his young age, he has a disciplined attitude towards his sport; he told the News that during the summer months he practises an hour-and-a-half a day, three days a week.
He also wasn’t shy about personally approaching potential sponsors with his resume and then recruiting his sponsors. He would like to thank Coast Range Concrete, GNS Contracting, Cook Industries, Kal Tire, Rev It Up, Subway, Bridge River Machine Shop, Savona Specialty Plywood, Winners Edge Sports, Lillooet Auto and Truck Sales, Doug Dew, Transition Forestry and Dave Molenaar.
He attributes his championships this year to more strength, experience and hard work riding the “bumps, jumps and berms.”
“He also has a never give up attitude,” explains Molenaar. “He had a race this year in Kamloops at the National. There were some really fast kids in the line and he took off and there was a kid beside him who lost control and took his front tire out so down he (Keenan) went. All the rest of the kids took off and he picked his bike up and he started 30 seconds later, maybe longer. He went as hard as he could, worked his way through the pack and he finished second. He came into the pits and said, ‘Dave, one more lap and I would have caught him!’”
Molenaar adds that Motocross has already taught Keenan an important life lesson – “What you put in is what you get out. If you work hard, good things will happen. There’s a lot of camaraderie as well among the parents and the kids. He’s got a lot of good buddies.”
Keenan also plays hockey, soccer and baseball.
Additionally, he’s an excellent student who won a gold medal at this year’s Science Fair.
His project? “It was to do with Motocross. I wanted to see if I could find something that could be safe in the helmet instead of styrofoam.”