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I have a 13 year old that races a 2009 yz 125 in the schoolboy class , he also has 2010 250 f and races in 250 c class and the open c class . He consistantly finishes in the top 3 -4 . We want to try to get to the next level , what roads do I take ? We race in district 23 in minnesota which is a tough district . What bigger races do I get him to ? Should I send him to some schools ? He needs advice from some pro' s not a washed up snocross racer ( like my self ) lol . Should I move him up to B class ? Any advice would b great thanx !

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If he is finishing in the top 5 then he would benefit from moving up to the B class. The riders in the high class will pull him along and help him gain speed. As for what else to do for him, hit the Nationals.

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If he's top 3 in C, he wouldn't be last in B. Typically you have a few sand baggers in every class. (I was one in B for a long time.) He'll get to experience faster paced racing, as well as getting him away from all the novice guys that'll get him hurt. C class to me is just damn scary, too many people who don't know what they are doing.

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Sounds like he's on good equipment so no need to upgrade there. I'd be sure his suspension is always fresh and tuned to the n-th degree for each track. Usual stuff with the 125 (keep a fresh ring at all times, don't race with a worn clutch, fresh tires, etc.) If he's top 4 in C class he'll probably be 10th-15th in B class, so move up now. Stick with Schoolboy as there are always fast kids in that class. Try to ride at least a little bit during the winter, even if it requires travel to an indoor facility (one or two in Wisconsin, I believe). Best money I ever spent was on riding school (I attended Gary Bailey's). Spend a few more $$ and attend a semi-private school...having only 3-4 riders in the class allows the instructor more time for individual attention. Be sure he maintains his cardio fitness over the winter...

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What bigger races do I get him to ?

The Ponca Nationals are in Oklahoma, known throughout the motocross community as “Ponca”, it is the original national championship program with 35 qualifying regions across the United States (http://www.nmamx.com).

Then you have the Loretta Lynns, the grand daddy of motocross amatuers (http://www.mxsports.com/home). You can have him run some Ponca qualifieres and Loretta Lynn Area Qualifiers next year for your region and see how he does.

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The Ponca Nationals are in Oklahoma, known throughout the motocross community as “Ponca”, it is the original national championship program with 35 qualifying regions across the United States (http://www.nmamx.com).

Then you have the Loretta Lynns, the grand daddy of motocross amatuers (http://www.mxsports.com/home). You can have him run some Ponca qualifieres and Loretta Lynn Area Qualifiers next year for your region and see how he does.

I agree...

if you dont do the Ponca or Lorretta's Qualifier, atleast move up into the B Class

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