Young motocross rider working hard to make a name for himself on the track

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Landon Whitney spends a lot of time on a dirt road in Fountain as he works to perfect his craft. And work to become a force at the state and national level.

Motocross is a sport that children can learn at a fairly young age. Take for example Landon Whitney of Panama City Beach. “My son got his first mountain bike when he was four years old.” Landon’s father, Derek, said. “We didn’t think it was really serious at first, but then he wanted to go out and race.”

“Yeah, I was four and got it for my birthday. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to start riding it,” Landon said. “And now Landon is racing nationally, collecting titles and trophies! His father, who raced when he was younger, is his biggest fan! “He does jumps that I wouldn’t imagine doing at 12. So he impresses me every day and that’s good to see progress. And that progress has a price! “Push-ups, jumping jacks, riding a bike,” Landon says. “He means it badly.” Derek adds. “I mean, when we first moved here for the first Sometimes we’d wake up at five o’clock. We’re running around, in the gym working out. Motocross is very physically demanding and you have to be in good shape. So he works hard at it.” It doesn’t matter how hard you work on the bike, it’s still a dangerous business. Landon knows that, but says he tries not to let that fear creep into him. image ! “Not so much really. Why not? Just focus on speed. “Yeah, I think when I was running, we didn’t think about that. Derek told me. “But now that I’m a dad, it’s like I’m really scared that you’ll take that leap or you’ll fail. And he took some pretty hard knocks. We were pretty lucky. “He’s made of rubber. Because that kid bounces. But we had some big crashes and it still scares me a little bit deep down.”

Landon is spending this weekend in Tallassee, Alabama competing in the “Monster Mountain” event which is part of the Alabama State Championship Series.

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