Supercross: A Dirt Bike Veteran at Age 8
by Peter Shelton
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PROUD NO. 17 – Ridgway third-grader Cory Thomsen is racing this Saturday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in a SRAC Supercross competition. He’s been the Webe Series 7-10 year-old champion the last two years. (Courtesy photo)
PROUD NO. 17 – Ridgway third-grader Cory Thomsen is racing this Saturday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in a SRAC Supercross competition. He’s been the Webe Series 7-10 year-old champion the last two years. (Courtesy photo)
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OUT OF THE SADDLE – Ridgway supercross racer Cory Thomsen, age 8, on his 50cc KTM at a race in Farmington, N.M. (Courtesy photo)
OUT OF THE SADDLE – Ridgway supercross racer Cory Thomsen, age 8, on his 50cc KTM at a race in Farmington, N.M. (Courtesy photo)
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Ridgway’s Cory Thomsen Competes in Grand Junction Saturday

RIDGWAY – You could call 8-year-old Ridgway dirt-bike rider Cory Thomsen a prodigy. Or you could just call him preternaturally self-possessed and confident on the foot pegs of his snarling 50cc KTM dirt bike.

Thomsen’s already a veteran. He’s been the Durango-based WeBe Racing Series champion in the 7-10 year-old age bracket the last two years running. This Saturday, June 29, he’s racing in the SRAC (Sports Riders Association of Colorado) Supercross event at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

And he’s articulate. “It’s going to be in the big cowboy stadium. At night, with lights. The track is man-made, with some tight turns and some wide, and a lot of jumps and rollers. It’s really fun. With a big crowd it’s really fun.”

Cory, and his dad, Chris, and his mom, Katrina, who moved to Ridgway five years ago from Telluride, travel to motocross events together. “We sleep in our trailer. It’s not big, but it’s fun.

“My dad works on my bike. He’s the only mechanic I have.”

In Supercross, the racers all line up at the start together, maybe 16 or 18 racers, and blast off when the barriers drop. “You have to try to get the hole shot,” Cory says, get out in front right away. “If a guy passes you, you have to hang and try to pass him back.

My bike is a 50cc junior bike. No. 17. It is really loud. If you have confidence, it goes really fast; it’s a race bike. If you have confidence, you do what the bike wants you to do.”

On July 20, Cory will be going full throttle again at Powderhorn ski resort, in another WeBe Series race.

In late August he goes back to school, as a third-grader at Ridgway Elementary School.

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