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Big motocross field in town for two-day competition on track
Cody Williams of Lander was all by himself, winning his heat, as he went over a jump during 450cc competition Saturday. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Big motocross field in town for two-day competition on track

Jun 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Jake Lemley is one of the best riders in the High Plains Motocross Association.

The Riverton rider is holding his own in the outlaw division of the HPMA.

Lemley had a chance to perform Saturday in front of his home fans at the track west of Riverton.

The two-day race continues Sunday. The gate fee for the fans is $5. The track is located three miles west of Riverton.

"It's tougher than any other division," Lemley said. "Everybody who gets pro gets there the same way."

Lemley has now been in the pro division for six years.

"It was really nerve-wracking for me at first," Lemley said. "I was really nervous about it. I used to get butterflies. Now, it's just another thing to do."

Lemley graduated from Riverton High School in 2009.

"I just get a lot of family and friends that come out and support me," Lemley said. "They are all up here. Everybody has my back. It's a lot of fun having everybody up here. Everybody is a just a big family."

Pro standings

In the outlaw division, Gillette's Reilly Ludwig is first and Aaron Hall from Casper is second in the overall standings.

Ludwig has scored a total of 212 points. Hall has 170 points.

Riverton's Bo Kasper is fifth with 141 points. Lemley is ninth with 63 points.

"Some of these guys make every race and really get into it," Lemley said.

Lemley also competes in the 450 and 250 A division.

"There is not really too much of a difference," Lemley said.

Lemley said the biggest key is the start on the Riverton track.

"It really gets pretty slippery out there," Lemley said. "It also helps to have throttle control."

The track is 1.5 miles long. Rain hit the race on Saturday morning, but officials opted to keep going.

"I was racing my 250 and I loved it," Lemley said. "It wasn't hot or anything. I felt pretty good. I will ride in anything."

Lemley is now getting back to full strength after being out with an injury.

"I just want to get comfortable back on my back again," Lemley said. "Last year, I broke my hand and was out for 13 months. I just want to go out and have fun, and do my thing, and not worry about anyone else."

Good turnout

"We are really excited to host the race this weekend," Fremont County racing association president Mike Cunningham said. "We had a race earlier in the year. We had a few problems and we got those resolved."

The first race a couple of weeks ago was a one-day race.

"We put on a good race here," Cunningham said. "We typically try to have a couple of races a year. There are only few of the tracks that put on a two-day race. We have the equipment and manpower to put on a two-day race."

Cunningham said the track will stay the same from Saturday to Sunday.

"We will go over the entire track with the equipment," Cunningham said. "We make the dirt a little deeper and we will continue to water the track. It's just like a whole new race on Sunday."

The race attracted close to 200 riders from all over the state.

"That is a pretty good show," Cunningham said. "If we get 200, then we are pretty happy."

The HPMA is made up of Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Montana riders.

"The top division is very competitive," Cunningham said. "On any given Sunday, you can have a different winner."

Cunningham competes in the Vet B division.

The division is for riders 30 and older.

"Sometimes, we will have three riders," Cunningham said. "Sometimes, we will have 10. It can be pretty competitive. Most of the guys have ridden for a long time and enjoy it. It's pretty intense when we are on the track. We are all buddies when we are off the track."

The local riders will come out and practice on Wednesday nights during the summer months.

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