In Aug. 22 IssueRussell County NewsBy Greg Wells, RCN Managing Editor
"Well I was fourth in the points," said Jared Bloyd. "But that was before I won last weekend and a couple of the guys ahead of me moved to a different class."
Jared Bloyd, 15, of Eli had never raced Motocross until 6 months ago and now he is at the top of the standings for his class.
"We're all very proud of him," said his dad Mark Bloyd.
Jared had dreamed of riding competitively, then he got his first race bike last year.
Dennis Justice said he'd not watched him ride long before he knew the youth had raw talent.
"We found him a bike last year and he started practicing," Dennis said. "Then I took the motor and rebuilt it so it would perform."
Jared said perform is something of an understatement. He said other local riders on bigger bikes were surprised by the power of his motorcycle and the speed at which he was learning to handle the course.
Dennis said Jared started out this spring with nothing but desire, talent and support of his family. He added that though he owns Pro-cycle he isn't Jared's sponsor.
"I just help out with breaks on things the best I can," he said.
But Jared is running against sponsored riders, and has yet to finish below 5th in a race in his class, even when wrecks hamper his performance, his dad said.
"Every time he goes out there I'm nervous," said his dad Mark. "Especially when he's getting so high on the jumps. He told me last time he knew he was getting high when he could see the tops of the telephone poles."
Jared's sister Brianna said she is a bit nervous watching him ride, but she can't stop watching.
"The first time he raced he got third place," Brianna said. "I was so excited I was practically crying."
He has four races to go before the end of the season, and possibly a state title which could mean a shot at national competition.
Right now he and his family are focusing on one race at a time, and on watching Jared race.
Jared was showing off his new Fox riding gear as his father explained they got the bright white and blue so they would have a better shot at seeing him as he speeds around the tracks.