Sports Spotlight on Sports Spotlight: Ryan Peters | VideoAlexander Gorney | 7/4/2012
This is what nine-time state champion motocross rider Ryan Peters sees when he races.
"its an individual sport. If I don`t win it`s because of me. It`s not because of someone else."
Ryan has been racing since he was four years old and it`s It`s a sport his family is quite familiar with.
"My dad raced when he was younger and he got me into it and I kept a liking for it."
With more trophies than he can count, Ryan might set a high bar when it comes to racing. But there definitely isn`t any pressure coming from his family.
"I really like to see him do well. If he doesn`t, that`s fine too but I know he can do very well and its fun to see him doing well. I know too that`s what he want to do because he`s very driven."
"He has his dad`s motivation. He probably trains as hard as any athletes in any high school sport, maybe harder. He practices a lot. He eats sleeps, breaths, moto."
Ryan has no limits when he comes to practicing, that`s because his practice takes place in his own backyard. He`ll practice for about two hours each day but his training goes beyond the track.
"I do go to the gym and do some workouts just to prepare for longer motos."
And what`s the pre-race mentality of a 16-year old whom never seems to lose?
"Just to get a good start and be aggressive right away. Not be sitting in the back because you never know what is going to happen."
Ryan and his family will race in the outdooor Nationals in Millville, Minnesota next weekend. Ryan may head into the amateur competition as one of the best young riders for his age but his ceiling isn`t even close to where he wants it to be.
"I actually want to turn pro. My goal is to become a pro motocross racer and do something there."
Based on results, those ambitions may soon turn into reality. Ryan`s work ethic is evident in the classroom as well. He`ll be a junior in the fall and his G.P.A. is 3.50.
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