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Personal History

 

     My name is Ty Woodard. I am 18 years and I recently graduated high school from Galesburg-Augusta High School in Galesburg, Michigan. I am writing this letter to ask for your financial assistance in helping me continue my participation in a sport that I am passionate about, which is motocross. Unfortunately, this is an expensive sport compared to most sports.

     The cost to maintain a bike with parts, fuel, and scheduled maintenance can run in the thousands of dollars a year, which you already know if you are in the dirtbike/motocross industry. On top of this, a typical race weekend can cost around $120-$150 a weekend, not to mention trying to get a practice in once in awhile. In my region, there are two race seasons, spring/summer and late summer/fall, with approximately 35 race weekends. I was only able to race on 14 weekends two years ago and only about half of that last year.  This was due to major mechanical issues on a few different occasions last season. Most of the time, I only competed on one of the race days instead of both due to the cost of racing both days.  In fact, my parents routinely stretched their finances thin in order for me to be able to race. They were willing to do this for me because they see how passionate I am about motocross.

     My start and participation in this sport is different than most since I did not start riding until I was already a teenager.  My parents purchased my first dirt bike when I was 13 years old. It was a 100cc trail bike. They never intended for me to race. Instead, my parents bought the bike so I could ride at our friend’s property. However, a family friend suggested that we should try racing.  Shortly after, I participated in my first motocross race. I instantly loved it and wanted to race again. Over the summer, we went to several tracks to race on their novice/kids track. However, I was disappointed to find out that there were no other bikes or very few bikes to race in my class on the novice/kids track.

       My Dad told me there is only one thing to do if I really wanted to race. We would have to buy a bigger bike and put me on the “big” tracks. So, at the age of 14, my parents bought me a 2001 CR125 two-stroke race bike. The bike needed a lot of work and so did my racing skills. At first, I pretty much rode around at the back of the pack every race. We raced or practiced whenever we had the chance. Over time, my love and passion for the sport continued to grow along with my ability to compete.

     Eventually, I decided that I wanted to move up to an even larger bike, so my parents made their final dirt bike purchase for me during the summer of 2010. They bought me a 2005 CRF 250R for my 16th birthday. I had the choice of a car or a 250cc dirt bike. Most kids my age would probably have chosen a car, but not me. I wanted a bigger bike so I could continue to advance in the sport of motocross. To me, this was far more important than owning my own car.

     It took me several practice days and races for me to get comfortable on my 250cc bike. However, I showed improvement by the time the fall race schedule began. In fact, I went from finishing in the back in the 250 C class at the end of the summer season, to moving up to the middle of the pack by the middle of the fall season.

      As the season wound down, I continued to improve as demonstrated by a 4th place finish out of 8 riders and a 7th place finish out of 13 riders at Dutch Sport Park. This was important to me because I beat a couple of riders that weekend that had beaten me badly during all of the previous races. I finished off the season showing great improvement at two major race events. The first was a 6th place finish out of 34 riders at the Redbud Grass Race. I followed this up with a 17th place overall finish out of 55 riders, which included a 14th place finish in the main event at the Baja Monster Mash over Halloween weekend. I ended the second season finishing 11th in points out of over 160 riders who participated in the 250 C class.   

     The next year would wind up being a frustrating year for me with injuries, mechanical failures, and trying to work my riding around my high school sports (football, basketball, and baseball). My time on the bike was very limited. However, I did manage to have some solid finishes along the way.

     Finally, it all came together for me during the 2012 GLMX(Great Lakes Motocross) Mideast Series. I was fortunate enough to be able to finally race an entire season of motocross. Though I still battled mechanical issues on a week by week basis, I was  able to win some motos, win a couple of overalls, and finish in the top 5 on many occasions. This led to me winning the  250 C Championship in the GLMX Mideast Series for 2012.

    In closing, it is difficult to explain how I feel about the sport of motocross. I have grown up playing the traditional sports of football, basketball, and baseball and I have been fairly successful playing all of them. I have continued to participate in high school sports along with motocross. However, none of them have given me the same “rush” and feeling of accomplishment as motocross. It is a sport that requires strength, endurance, skill, and courage. It is all about you and your bike and how willing you are to push the envelope by twisting the throttle longer. I ask that you please consider helping me with some form of sponsorship for the 2012 race season. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

                                                                                                              Sincerely,

                                                                                                              Ty Woodard

Competitive Highlights

2009: I won the Night Race at Redbud in Buchanan, MI in the Open D division

2010: I finished 6th out of 34 riders in the 250 C class at the RedBud Grass Race

2010: I finished 14th  at the Baja Monster Mash in Millington, MI. There were 55 entries in 250C.

2012: Captured my first 250 C moto and overall victory at Dutch Sport Park

2012: Great Lakes Motocross Mideast 250 C  Champion