The five-year-old dirt bike racer, Aiden Eyler, competed in the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills Tn. Eyler took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions to attend.
Most of America’s top professional motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National championships at Loretta Lynn’s.
Eyler, has been riding since he was three-and-a-half years old locally in Chesterfield. With the help of sponsors such as local shop, NSF Racing, Motorcross Vest and, of course, Mom and Dad and grandparents, who help pay his way to the races, he has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. Last year, in his first year of racing, he won the Spring Series Championship, Fall Series Championship, Winter Championship, as well as first place Champion for the year for both local D13 chapters in Virginia as well as D29 in NC.
He competes nearly every weekend in the local D13 MX/ATV district at tracks such as Virginia Motosports Park in Dinwiddie, and South Fork MX park in Sussex.
Eyler made the long journey to Tennessee along with his Mom and Dad and his three younger brothers and raced a combined three motos over the course of a week July 29 - August 4, 2013. Racing against 29 other riders, it was the largest amount of competitors Eyler has ever rode against. The weather throughout the week proved to be a bit challenging for many of the riders with a tremendous amount of rain leaving parts of the track under water. But in the end, Eyler was able to lock in a top five finish, placing 4th overall for the week. “It’s a big accomplishment for only being five,” his mother said, “Most of the kids in his class were six to seven years of age and twice his size.” Eyler hopes to qualify to return to the Amature Nationals in 2014 and continues to train toward that goal.