Ask a young racer what their goal is, and they will usually tell you 'win.' But for most youngsters, a successful season can be measured by the amount of improvement shown throughout the year. For teenage ATV motocross racer Chance Beverly, 2012 was filled with improvement, and as a result, a successful label.
Chance finished Schoolboy Jr. and Sr. classes 4th and 6th in 2012 points
Beverly competed in the ATV Motocross Nationals in both the Schoolboy Jr. and Schoolboy Sr. class. He finished 4th and 6th in points, respectively, and finished on a high note with a pair of podiums in the Jr. class in the final two events.
"The season went really well," Beverly said. "I did experience a little bad luck throughout the season, but I guess that can be expected so I'm not going to complain. I never had a DNF (did not finish), which is always a good thing.
Chance rides a K&N sponsored 300cc Honda quad and hopes to move up to a 450cc model next season
"There were many positive points throughout my season, from winning a moto at Maryland, to starting fifteenth and riding through the field, working my way up to third."
Beverly's season impresses even more when considering he missed a race in July, saying the event simply required too much travel time and expenses. Had Beverly competed in that event, he could have finished 2nd in Schoolboy Jr. points and in the Top 5 in Sr. points.
The difference between the two classes allows Beverly to get time on both better handling quads and ATV's with more power.
"Both classes have been positive learning experiences for me. With my 300cc in the junior class, I ran stronger and it corners a lot better. With my 400cc in the senior class, the perk is the difference in power. I was able to put a better season together with my 300cc, but was happy with both quads and both classes this year."
Beverly made a late season switch from his 400cc Suzuki to his 300cc Honda in the Schoolboy Sr. class, choosing to run the bike in both events. The switch allowed the team to start focusing on a bigger 450cc quad for next year.
Beverly's favorite moment of the year came not at a race, but instead when he was asked to join the Media All-Stars team.
"This has been an amazing season full of a lot of positive moments, however I would have to say when I was asked to join the Media All-Stars amateur team was the best. It was not only the highlight of my racing career thus far, but one of the biggest moments in my life.
With a lot of hard work, number 9 dreams of turning Pro one day
"I was speechless knowing that all my hard work and dedication to riding was noticed and appreciated by a team. It was such an awesome feeling."
Beverly, like every young rider, is full of ambitious goals for the future, but for the talented rider, they all seem attainable.
"There are so many goals I want to achieve. Being a strong competitor, grabbing as many podium appearances as possible, representing the Media All-Stars team with pride and season championships. I really want to move up in this sport. I know it is extreme and takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication, but I want to go all the way; I want to go pro!"
Beverly credited K&N Filters and their support for his quick quads this season.
"K&N Filters have always been the number one choice for me. When it comes to my quad I simply want the best. We all know motocross racing is a dirty sport, from dust to rain and mud, and having a filter that keeps the air flowing strong and clean is always a plus. It keeps the quad running stronger, longer! I am privileged to be sponsored by K&N Filters."
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