My son is doing his 1st race in a few weeks. He just turned 11. I think he will race the 65 9-11 class and the 85 9-11 class, none of the open classes. He's only been riding the 85 for two months but it seems to fit him well while the 65 is getting a little small. He's been riding for 4 years and his ability is getting better but not near as fast compared to what I see from some the kids on the 65 and 85s. Heck, I'm slow compared to some the 85 riders. Any advice I should give him or just wish him the best. I pray he just keeps it on two wheels and if he stalls he can get it started. I would assume he will get lapped in the 85 race and possibly even on the 65. I think they run a split gate for 65 10-11/7-9. Same for the 85 12-15/9-11. How do they determine where you line up? Do all the 7-9 on one side and 10-11 on the other side of the gate? He is the type of kid who will be super nervous. Hopefully in the morning practice he can get a little relaxed with the track and the process. I think he is in the 6th race so that will give him a little time to watch a few races and a couple of starts. He has ridden the track a few times and it gets fairly rutted but its a safe track, more old style I would call it with a few big tables and one double that he rolls. I'll be as nervous for him as he will be at the drop of the gate. I've never raced so I'm not much help other than we both love to go to the motocross track and ride. He knows to hold his line and not cut over on any of the jumps.