Young motocross racer wins big this year

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Eight year-old Ray Lee proudly shows off his trophies after competing and placing in seven different classes on his bike this season.
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The expression “go big or go home” definitely applied to 8-year-old motocross racer Ray Lee, of Slater, as he went really big this racing season.

Competing in his second year of racing motocross in Missouri, Ray took home a trophy from every single event he raced at from February to October.

Riding his No. 38 KTM 50 SR and his No. 380 Kawasaki 65, he placed first in both the 50 Open Class and SR Class Night Series at HLR Motorsports, second place in the 50 Open Class Spring Series and the 50 SR Class Spring Series at Kahoka MX, fourth place at the MO Sate MX Championship Series in both the Open Class and SR Class, and brought home a fifth place trophy in the 65 JR Class Night Series at HLR Motorsports.

“We’re really proud as parents watching him compete and grow as an individual, knowing he is doing it all on his own,” said Madeline Lee, Ray’s mom. “His social skills have grown and he’s overcome obstacles. He’s made a lot of new friends and is very respectful of his competitors.”

This year Ray competed against youths who have had several years of experience, and he also went from an automatic to a clutch shift.

“He went from barely jumping to jumping 20-30 feet gaps,” his mom said.

Ray is set to race again next season, starting March 11, at the Midwest Extreme Park in Merwin, Mo.

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