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Ripon honors world champion
Colony Oak student excels in amateur motocross
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World Champion Motocross rider Aiden Tijero, 11, was honored last week at the Ripon City Council meeting. The Colony Oak student receives congratulations from Mayor Dean Uecker. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

At age 11, Aiden Tijero has a few titles and world championship to his name.

This past summer, the student at Colony Oak School achieved that rarity of individual and team excellence in amateur motocross.

For his outstanding efforts, Tijero was honored last week by the Ripon City Council with a proclamation.

“Speaking on behalf of all our people, (the Council) publicly commend Aiden for his success and extend this token of affection and admiration with which he is regarded in this city,” Mayor Dean Uecker said.

Vice Mayor Chuck Winn later asked Tijero, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The youngster was quick to respond. “I’d like to be a successful motorcycle rider or soccer player,” he said.

So far Tijero has found plenty of success on his 65cc dirt bike.

Along with the World Championship, he captured motocross titles in Ponca City, Okla. coupled with the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship.

Tijero, in addition, helped Team USA capture a national championship in the Czech Republic.

“It sounds great to have those works next to my name because I was always honored to come here and represent the U.S.,” he said back then. “Just riding my best out here and winning – it feels great.”

The Council, meanwhile, congratulated Tijero for his accomplishments.

“Aiden’s outstanding performance of his sports shows a level of dedication and discipline beyond his years,” Uecker said.