Sept. 15 – MINFORD – Minford native Kooper McKenzie competed in the 2022 Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynch’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. and placed 10th out of 42 competitors when the event took place in early August.
It was McKenzie’s second straight year to compete in the event which features 42 qualifiers from the nation’s top amateur motocross racers. McKenzie, now seven, finished second in the Regional Qualifier (Top-6) held earlier this year at Chillitown MX in Chillicothe.
At the national championship, Kooper’s sponsors included: McKenzie Moto & Farm, Hammr9 Garage, GVapor and Cycleworx.
McKenzie’s father, Kyle McKenzie, spoke to The Daily Times to discuss the commitment Kooper and his family have made to improving his running abilities.
“Like any sport, you’re only as good as what you put into it,” Kyle McKenzie said. “You can’t just show up on game day and expect to be good. We’ve set up a track at home so he can train during the week, do as many training camps throughout weekdays as the weather permits. Then on the weekends, we will participate in different races or go to training.”
As of now, Kooper competes in the 50cc tree class, but that will change to a higher class as he gets older, his father says.
Kyle says the youngest son in the family, Mathis, is also starting to take an interest in motocross racing.
The McKenzie family’s racing history began when Kyle was a child – as he now passes on his knowledge and that of others to his sons.
“I grew up racing. It brings back a lot of memories, growing up doing it. Now he’s doing it and he’s got a younger brother getting into it,” Kyle McKenzie said. “We spend a lot of time traveling throughout the year – it’s a great family sport.”
Achieving the national amateur motocross championship is a feat in itself.
By placing 10th and gaining experience on the national stage, Kooper’s future as an amateur racer is seemingly on an upward trajectory.
“For amateur motocross, this is the greatest spectacle there is,” said Kyle McKenzie. “We anticipate that as he gets older and moves on to bigger bikes, we will try to get to that level and continue to do so.”
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