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Ripon’s Tijero races to world title

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Ripon’s Tijero races to world title

Eleven-year-old Riponite Aiden Tijero raises the first-place trophy and the American flag

Photo courtesy of SUNSHINE TIJERO/


POSTED August 24, 2013 12:38 a.m.

Aiden Tijero brought a world championship to his hometown of Ripon less than two weeks ago.

He did it with a stock bike, too.

Tijero certainly didn’t disappoint in Jinin, Czech Republic a week after winning the Loretta Lynn Amateur Motocross National Championship in the 65cc division.

The 11-year old Colony Oak sixth grader took first at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships, and he did it with the new KTM 2014 65cc as well.

“KTM provided us with a free 2014,” Tijero said. “My teammate and I were the first kids to race with one. It was extremely fast, I just have to put that out there.”

Tijero didn’t modify the bike, either.

“All of my teammates were all just wrenching on their bikes and making them flat-out modified,” he said.

Tijero kept his 65cc original.

His division led off the final day of racing, ending with Tijero’s first-place finish for the Americans.

Not only did Tijero win a gold medal individually, but Team USA brought home the overall gold medal as well.

The USA finished with 11 points and Czech Republic was second with 17. Spain was third (25).

Tijero now has five national championships in the 65cc division to go with his most current world title this year.

Next year, however, Tijero will be moving up to the 85cc division. He will be forced to adjust to a larger bike and step away from the three he currently rides — a stock, modified and practice bike he uses to prepare before and during competitions.

“I’m not going to do 65 anymore,” Tijero said. “I’m going up to 85. Im not outgrowing it, but I’m just moving up in (bike sizes). Next year is going to be extremely difficult because I’m not used to the (85), but I’m going to try my best.”

Tijero has dominated the 65cc class nationwide up to this point, winning races and placing all over the country.

“In this sport, you can never expect to win because anything can happen,” Tijero concluded. “It’s so different than any other sport. In motocross, it’s every man for himself.”

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