“The neatest thing I think about with the whole entire thing with Ben, he’s not your typical 7-year-old,” his mother, Amberlee, said. “When he was 6 and getting really good, he has three other brothers and my husband is the only one who works. There are a lot of races we can’t go to because we’re a one-income family. Ben is so awesome with that.
“He told me a story about how his favorite racer is Ricky Carmichael. He told me he was his favorite because he grew up with a single mom, who worked three jobs to pay for the races to go to.
“When we were in Prairie City (Calif.) for nationals, he saw all the big rigs and buses and told us it doesn’t matter if we have enough money to go to all the races because it’s what’s in your heart that really counts, and he’s going to be a pro rider someday.”
Ben has been racing competitively for a year and a half, but he’s been riding motorcycles for about three years ever since his father, Jason, got him his first motorcycle with training wheels.
“I like it a lot. I really like it because it’s a lot of fun and you’re riding and doing a lot of fun stuff,” Ben said. “I want to do it my whole life.”
Ben is well on his way to a successful motocross career. He earned a sponsorship from Tec Equipment of Reno, which paid for all his race fees for the GFI Nevada Volvo Summer motocross series at the Mustang Motor Plex.
He was undefeated in the 50cc class for 7- and 8-year-olds this year, and he has attended the Dodge Nationals at Hangtown in Prairie City, Calif. where was ranked 12th in the nation in his class and age group.
Ben is also in the process of transitioning from his 50cc bike, which is only one gear, to 65cc bikes, so he had to learn how to shift gears.