POLK COUNTY, North Carolina (WLOS) – The foothills community remembers one of their own.

Community mourns loss of teenage motocross star who left a legacy beyond the track

It has been a week since Clayton Sain, a promising motocross rider, died of injuries sustained while training for a race in Tennessee.

His father and aunt said he was chasing his dream of becoming a motocross pro.

No matter what he had to do, Clayton’s family said he was ready to jump in and do it. “Certainly not ordinary,” said Julie Justice, Clayton’s aunt.

The Polk County native was one of six siblings. He started off-road motorcycling at the age of four, became more competitive at seven, and at 12 he was chasing his big dream.

“He could draw a crowd to the track, not from the point of view of being pushy or anything like that, it was more all the guys wanted to hang out with him,” said Jason Sain, the father of Clayton.

Two weekends ago, Clayton was training in the Suzuki Top Gun Showdown in Tennessee. It would ultimately be his last race.

“A normal day, go out for practice, come back, look over the bike and then go racing and it didn’t turn out that way,” Jason said.

Over the weekend, the community took a memorial ride on the track on their dirt bikes in honor of Clayton.

“To see everyone in our community, everyone around us supporting us, helps us get through this; it was amazing, ”said Jason.

Jason said his son had strong faith.

“The most important quality I can say about my son was his personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ,” Jason said.

Coty Flynn, Clayton’s youth pastor, told News 13 that Clayton was an inspiration to his family, friends and church family.

Prior to the Tennessee race, Clayton won an overall prize in a race in Simpsonville.

“My son asked me the other night, as seriously as he could have thought with all his heart, ‘mum,’ he said, ‘was Clayton a celebrity?’ Said Justice. . “And it took me a while, but honestly I took a step back and said, ‘yeah, Clayton was a celebrity. “

Clayton would be 17 on November 4

His family have said he’s a role model whose legacy goes far beyond the runway.

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