Boise teen heading to national motocross event

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJune 30, 2013 

Wyatt Lyonsmith has his eyes on a top-10 finish in Tennessee.

Two years ago, Wyatt Lyonsmith made the trip to Tennessee with his family to watch his younger brother, Dane, compete in the Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championships.

That only made the desire for the Boise motocross racer to go back and compete there himself even stronger.

The 14-year-old will get that chance as one of the nation's top 42 riders between 12 and 16 in the 85cc modified class at the national championships July 29-Aug. 3 in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

"Yeah, I really wanted to go back and not just watch," Lyonsmith said.

The East Junior High student has routinely been perched upon a dirt bike since he was a kindergartner, and has kept on going through bumps, bruises and breaks.

When he was 10, Lyonsmith broke his arm. A week after being cleared to ride again, he broke his leg.

Fully healthy this year, Lyonsmith earned his way into nationals by finishing fifth at an area qualifier and in the top four at a regional qualifier in Washington to earn his way to Tennessee. He had reached the regional qualifier four times previously before breaking through to reach one of his biggest goals.

"It's really cool, especially after it had taken four tries," Lyonsmith said. "Now, I'd like to finish in the top 10 nationally."

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