In a town dominated by football and baseball, four kids from Chester dare to be different. Ashley Wilson, 12, Salem Middle; Peyton Burke, 10, Wells Elementary; Cory Rogers, 9, Ecoff Elementary; and Karie Wilson, 8, Bellwood Elementary, all recently finished their first year racing motocross. These kids traveled for the 2012 District 13 race season from February to December to race in almost all of the 22 races held in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Their first race season appeared to be quite successful. These four children brought home a total of 21 trophies ranging from first to fifth place.
Ashley and Karie Wilson are sponsored by Commonwealth Power Sports, Amsoil, 100 % Goggles, Risk Racing, Pro Circuit, Hot Rods, Defiance Racing, Slick Products, Monster Army, Freegun, Nena, Memaw and their parents, Stephanie and Marty Wilson. Both girls are currently being trained by their Dad who also use to race motocross. Ashley and Karie are currently training for Mini- O’s which will be held in Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla. in November. Ashley is also trying to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championship in Tennessee in August.
Cory is sponsored by Bob White’s Cycle Barn, Pro Class Cycles, Brewer Cycles, Triangle Cycles, MotocrossVest, DeCal Works, his parents, Pro Flat Tracker Rusty Rogers and his wife Kelly. Cory and his father are a father/son team as Rusty raced motocross this season as well and placed first in his class. Cory is currently being trained by his Dad and is training for Mini-O’s and will continue to race District 13 and District 29 this year.
Peyton is sponsored by Envirowash, Oneal, Athena Pistons, DeCal Works, MotocrossVest, ASV Inventions, Leatt brace, and his parents, Leigh and Billy Burke. Peyton is currently being trained by Mike Hacker, Owner of Ride Academy, LLC, and will continue to race District 13 and District 29 this year.
These children persevered through a difficult and dangerous sport overcoming fear and physical injuries. They each had crashes that made their parents question continuing the sport; they are so passionate about the sport they did not want to stop. If you ask any of these kids about the sport, they will all tell you the same thing, “I just wanna ride.”