Motocross racers descend on Deadwood | local sports

DEADWOOD – Many different riders make up a field at a motocross event. Some take part in a few events per season while others adopt the sport as their profession of choice.

Preston Taylor is originally from Hastings, Neb., currently living in Kansas City, Kan. He competed in the 250 and 450 classes at the recent Deadwood ALL IN event.

Taylor, 22, competed in motocross for 17 years.

His dad used to compete and young Taylor liked him right away.

Saturday marked Taylor’s first runs in Deadwood, and he said the $9,000 pro scholarship brought him here.

“I hope to have good starts and then good races,” Taylor said of what he’s looking forward to most.

Taylor competed in the Supercross series and said he learned a lot. He goes into these money races to try to save up for next year.

Its annual racing schedule includes 50 to 100 races, including a recent race in Fresnillo, Mexico. Taylor recalled that the citizens treated him like a member of the family.

Race conditions included lots of rocks and hard ground.

He said it was difficult to breathe because of the approximate altitudes of 8,000 feet.

Taylor has a simple way of coping with the pressures of pro racing. “You just have to remember that you’re doing your best, and that’s all you can do,” he said.

On race day, Taylor is focused on what needs to be done. He cited the importance of being prepared to run aggressively and get off to a good start.

Friends, family and people coming together are what Taylor values ​​most about motocross. His biggest challenge focuses on riding and maintaining the bike.

Taylor wanted to race professionally since she was 3 years old.

“I loved riding my dirt bike so much that I wanted to do it all my life,” he said.

Taylor uses a Kawasaki bike for racing. He is comfortable with the way the bike turns.

Drew Frey of Mt. Vernon, SD, competed in the 250A class and raced since he was 5 years old.

“Dad bought us dirt bikes, and we let ourselves go after that,” Frey said. He added that he started out on the flat track, did well in that endeavor and moved to aerials when he was 7 years old.

Frey was asked about his fondest memories of those days and said, “You go to the track and you can see all your friends.”

He added that he sees them once a month all year round.

The people running the races in Rapid City organized the Deadwood event.

Frey said he and others enjoy helping them and bringing others here.

Frey participated in Deadwood last September.

He said feedback was so positive that organizers decided to sponsor two events in 2022.

“It’s a mix of sand and dirt,” Frey said of the Deadwood track. “I love the track every time.” He added that although the layout changes a bit, it’s still a lot of fun.

Frey said a rider can get stuck in ruts on a dirt road, while the sand is loose and changes with every lap.

“You go out and don’t expect the next round to come and do the same thing you just did,” Frey said. “It’s always about learning, learning, learning and looking ahead.”

Frey operates farms and ranches in the Mt. Vernon area and competes in five events per season due to his busy work schedule.

The Deadwood track is very tight, Frey said.

He added that completing a lap takes 25 seconds compared to longer times for longer tracks.

“You might want to go right now,” Frey said. “After that, don’t step back, but stay steady.”

Deadwood’s first day featured temperatures of 70 degrees with sunny skies, the sand having a sticky surface. Frey described these conditions as his perfect racing conditions.

Frey raced a Yamaha 250 4-stroke for four years. He stiffened up the suspension for hard cornering.

Water and bananas help Frey prepare for race day. He said this combination prevents cramps and keeps him hydrated.

“We just come here to have the most fun,” Frey said. “Money is another plus, but it’s an absolute blast. It’s so much fun coming to Deadwood.

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