At 9 years old, Dylan Hendricks already is a wily veteran on the Alaska State Motocross Series circuit.
Hendricks, who has been racing competitively for three years, took the state title this season in the 50cc division, clinching his championship Sept. 2 at the series final hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions at the airport track in Soldotna.
Hendricks said the competition, which covered 20 races on three tracks around the state, was a lot of fun.
"I just like things about the sport," Hendricks said. "It's a lot of fun flying over the jumps."
Hendricks said the toughest, and most fun, track he raced on this summer was in Fairbanks.
"It was challenging," Hendricks said.
In Fairbanks, the 50cc competitors race around the full track, while on the other course in the state, some of the hills have to be cut out because the small bikes just don't have the power to make it up them, Hendricks' father, Skip, explained.
Of the 20 motos Hendricks raced in over the summer, he finished first 12 times, took second five times and third once. He had mechanical difficulties in two races.
Hendricks said the key to his success was winning plenty of hole shots.
"I had a lot of fun watching him, and I was doing the wrenching on his bike," Skip said. "I used to race -- that's how he got into it. He saw some photos of me when I was a kid. We do it as a family. It's a good family activity."
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