Brennan Wages has won hundreds of motocross races.
The 10-year-old from Colona, IL, has been riding dirt bikes for only five years, but has earned the reputation of a standout competitor. Defeating thousands of racers, Wages qualified for his third consecutive Amateur National Motocross Championship. He's the only rider in his age group from Illinois.
"It's the biggest race of the year and there will be a lot of racers and people there," Wages said, sitting on his 65cc KTMSSX dirt bike, his name decaled on the front.
Tuesday, Wages was practicing at the Muddy Waters Motosports Park in East Moline. Zipping around turns, the engine on Wages' dirk bike howled as he sped around the course. His mother, Amber Wages, said Brennan has competed all around the country; including in Florida and Las Vegas.
With no dirt bike racing history in the family, Wages' mother said his love for the sport was sparked after watching professional motocross on TV.
"He started watching motocross on the TV and said he wanted to do that," Amber said, gazing as her son raced through the course. "A week later, we bought his a dirt bike off of Ebay and he's been racing ever since."
The Amateur National Motocross Championship will begin on July 27 and continue through August 2. You can watch the competition live at RacerTV.com.