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Want To Get Your Kid Into Motocross? 3 Things You Need To Know
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  • “THE BEST age to learn motocross is between six to seven years old.”

    That’s the opinion of Kenneth San Andres, a multi-titled pro motocross rider and head of the Cleanfuel Motocross Park, an adventure trail venue in Silang, Cavite. San Andres — son of former motocross rider Jun — started racing himself at a very young age, and at the motocross park, “we allow them to acquire the right perspective to ensure we are creating safer and smarter riders.”

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    The park’s president, Bong Suntay, added, “Our goal in building the Cleanfuel Motocross Park is to create a safe and comfortable place for kids to learn the sport.”

    While there are multiple motocross racing venues outside of Manila, Suntay said that this park stands out because of its air-conditioned training rooms, shower rooms for riders, family lounges, and a “well-planned and safe track.”

    “This outdoor recreational park for two-wheels will serve as the training grounds for young riders who are into Motocross,” Suntay said.

    Cleanfuel Motocross Park is also holding its first Motocross Invitational Series, with the aim of developing young amateur riders into possible contenders for the national championships.

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    Want to get your kid into Motocross? Here's what you need to know

    1. Show them a couple of videos and see if they're interested.

    In an interview with Cebu Daily News, 9-year-old motocross racer Vernah Khim Diez said, "I get bored sometimes playing with toys. I feel excited and happy during races."

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    Motocross is an off-road biking sport. Racing is usually done on outdoor terrain -- in the mud, grass, or dirt. A specific dirt bike is used for it. Kids can build up their skill with an indoor park if they are interested in learning.

    2. Protect yourselves with the right gear.

    Injuries are inevitable. According to a study on motocross child racers, most injuries were musculoskeletal and required surgery. Motocross, after all, is an extreme sport.

    TopGearPH advises, "Dress for the crash." Get your children good quality protective gear and don't scrimp on the quality to ensure they get the most out of their equipment. That goes for the dirt bike you get as well.

    3. Check out the motocross parks and talk to other parents to see if this is the right fit for you and your kid.

    There has always been a motocross culture in the Philippines. There's even a school for motocross in Bulacan that caters to beginners and advanced racers. Check out Facebook Groups or go to motocross events. Since these are usually out of the city, make it a family road trip!

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    There are many young children getting into this sport and it's not unusual to explore it, then drop out if you don't think it fits your family's lifestyle.

    How to join Motocross Invitational Series 2022

    Participants from ages 8 to 50 years old can join the event, with the following categories:

    • 50-cc starter shaft drive single speed automatic (8 years old and below)
    • 50-cc 2-stroke/70-cc 4-stroke starter chain drive single speed automatic (8 years old and below)
    • 50-cc 2-stroke/70-cc 4-stroke single speed automatic (9 years old and below)
    • 65cc (12 years old and below)
    • 85cc 2 stroke/150-cc 4 stroke production (14 years old and below)
    • Ladies class (24 years old and below)
    • Local open enduro (locally manufactured motorcycles)
    • Beginners open production
    • Novice open production class
    • Veterans b (40 years old and above)
    • Veterans expert
    • Stacyc class (a new electric category)

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    “This exciting event series brings all grassroots young and veterans’ riders together in a safer track,” described San Andres.

    Registration is now open here, with a fee of P1,000. The four-leg series will kick off on August 27.

    This story originally appeared on Spin.phMinor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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