Source: Sherman Publications

Local excels to Motocross elite

by Samantha Shelley

March 09, 2011

Hundreds of races, two state class titles—all done on two wheels.

Chris Williams is a motocross racer— tooling over a jumps, ruts and dirt on a Suzuki 125 cc just inches from other motorcyclists.

At 15, Williams, a Brandon High School sophomore, has already seven years of experience and has risen to near the top of his sport in the state. Williams motivation to start competing in motocross was his dad’s love for racing motorcycles.

“What I remember is my dad loving bikes, so that’s probably where my love for racing came from,” said Williams.

His last season, spring to fall 2010, included 18 races statewide and part of Canada.

Chris has been rewarded for his dedication, including multiple state class titles, two from last season.

“I placed first in the schoolboy and 125 cc classes, second in non-current and third in the schoolboy light class,” he said.

To add to his two state class championships, Williams also placed in the top five in four state level races.

“I have at least 70 trophies and plaques, not including the medals. I have also won cash prizes, as much as $70 from a single race,” said Williams. “Enough (trophies) to fill a room.”

Motocross is full of dangers and serious injuries, both of which Williams is not a stranger to. Having broken, strained and twisted too many bones and muscles to remember, Williams recounts the most memorable—and painful.

“I broke my collarbone and the knuckles on one hand. I also broke both bones in my ankle trying to win a state championship,” said Williams.

The strenuous sport has its good side, too, keeping Williams healthy and fit.

“To train, I compete in track and field, football, and cross country during spring and summer,” he said. “I also schedule gym and strength classes to keep up my stamina during the off-season.”

Of course, winning isn’t everything and Williams recognizes that.

“Winning is great, but my favorite part of racing would have to be the great adrenaline rush from each race, along with the friends I have made throughout the years,” he said. “Racing wouldn’t be the same without them. We are like a family.”