Aurora Teen Speeding Towards Professional Motocross Career
By Travis Thayer
Ezra Hastings after his win at the 36th Annual Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship on Aug. 1. Photo provided.
(Aurora, Ind.) – An Aurora teen is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a professional motocross rider.
Ezra Hastings, 17, took first place in the 450 B Limited race at the 36th Annual Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on August 1.
Before competing at the Amateur National Championship, Hastings had to first advance through a number of qualifying events including three area qualifiers in Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia – and a pair of regional events in Indiana and Alabama.
“It was definitely a good experience for sure, especially since I’ve been there five times in the past and the best I’ve finished is 15th,” said Hastings. “So it was fun to go there and win. It definitely meant a lot.”
The win at nationals bumps Hastings up from a B-Class rider to A-Class. “Really I just want to get into the pro ranks,” Hastings said.
The pro ranks could very well be an attainable goal for Hastings. The former South Dearborn student has become home schooled in order to dedicate more time to the sport he loves.
Hastings, who normally trains in Kentucky, says he will travel to California later this year to prepare for his next event. In October, Hastings will compete in a by invite only Monster Energy Cup event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The aspiring pro credits his dad, Billy for getting him started in motocross at the age of 5.