Humboldt-grown 16-year-old Trevor Taylor heads to motorcycle highlights in Du Quoin, Ill. This month. He will compete in the 2021 American Motorcyclist Association Flat Track Grand Championship against many other very good motorcyclists. Armed with a pro-class bike – the 2007 Husqvarna 450 – Taylor has been preparing for this moment since getting his first bike at the age of four.
And prepared, he does indeed feel – “110% feeling”, in fact.
He grew up watching motorbikes on TV with his parents and has been racing since he was 13. Traveling down the road with his parents and two younger brothers – who are also linked to the championship one day, Taylor hopes – the family is almost traveling the West Coast. every weekend to run.
But this multi-day national championship, which runs July 15-20, is different. It’s bigger, more competitive and much further. Taylor plans to make the trip with seven other young Californian runners (they call themselves the Cali Boys). To finance the trip, he mows lawns and builds and sells picnic tables.
How to prepare for a competition of this intensity? Ship-shaped equipment, Taylor tells us, is extremely important and can make or break the risk of crushing or injury. Helmets, for example, should be replaced every five accidents.
“I’m quite used to [crashing] now, ”Taylor said. “You can’t really be afraid to get into this sport. There is a chance that you will walk away from it and there is a chance that you will not walk away from it. “
American Flat Track, the official flat track racing league founded by WADA in 1954, doesn’t really deny the risk. Here is their definition of the flat track that causes anxiety:
At its core, professional flat track racing is a hyper-competitive, adrenaline-fueled American motorcycle sport with bespoke and production-based motorcycles reaching top speeds of 140 mph in a straight line and 90 mph in the bends, all driven by world-class athletes… sport remains perhaps the purest test of motorsport between man and machine.
But Taylor is not worried. “I just hope I can stay ahead,” he said.
His parents are supportive and proud. “It’s kind of neat because growing up on the flat he always had these professional riders that he admired,” said Brandy Taylor, Trevor’s mother. Outpost. “Now he’s on the track with them. “