Need for speed | Truckee 8-year-old on fast track to motocross success
and#8220;One day,and#8221; said 8-year-old Andy Fahey, and#8220;I want to be the smoothest and fastest man on the planet.and#8221;
And why not? The ambitious young Truckee motocross rider has built a solid foundation of racing experience, hopping on his first motorcycle at age 4 and#8212; a Honda CRF 50 he received for his birthday and#8212; and competing by age 6.
Sporting the number 7C on his handlebars, Andy now races both a King Cobra 50cc and a 65cc Kawasaki in the 7-8-year-old Stock Class and Beginner 65 in the GFI Nevada Series and AMP California Series.
He’s already enjoyed his fare share of success. Andy, who just turned 8 this month, took first place in the 2009 summer and fall GFI Series, finished ninth in the 2009 Dodge Nationals at Hangtown, and is currently holding onto first place in the Triple Crown Series at the Octane Fest in Fallon.
And he’s only getting better, thanks in part to his daily summer training sessions at the Prosser Pits in Truckee. Out at the Prosser Pits and#8212; a locals-maintained dirt track near Prosser Reservoir and#8212; Andy is mastering the nuances of the larger 65cc bike, which requires a young rider to use his left hand to operate the clutch and left foot to select a gear, as opposed to the single-gear 50cc.
The transition to the bigger, more advanced machine is one that all young racers face and#8212; and one that Andy is handling in stride, said his mother Laura.
and#8220;He’s doing great. It’s a big deal (making the transition),and#8221; she said, recalling how in his first two 65cc races Andy flipped his bike up and over shifting between first and second gears. and#8220;He’s a little kid, and it’s a big bike. But he’s very focused with that.and#8221;
Now that he’s growing accustomed to the gearing and the added horsepower of the larger Kawasaki, Andy’s mother said he’s beginning to feel more comfortable riding it than his smaller Cobra. Plus, it’s considerably faster, and Andy has a need for speed.
and#8220;He likes to speed, and he likes to win,and#8221; said Laura Fahey. and#8220;He’s out there to win the race.and#8221;
The one drawback of racing motocross, however: It’s expensive, which is why Andy is seeking sponsorships to help with his racing expenses. Anyone interested in sponsoring Andy may contact his mother Laura or father Patrick at 587-3104, or at 11848 Deerfield Drive in Truckee, 96161.
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