Motocross riders hit the State Fair track

By Eric Ingles Democrat Sports Editor

August 11, 2014

The Missouri State Fair Arena saw more than 119 riders in 20 classes competing in Motocross on Monday.

Aaron Gulley, who has raced at the State Fair for the past six years, felt the track was in good shape despite bad weather moving through the area Sunday.

“They said they got about six inches of rain (Sunday) night so for that amount of rain, the track is actually really dry and really in good shape,” he said.

Cole Camp’s Caleb Self raced home with a win in his class.

“I just wanted to get a hole shot so I didn’t have to push too hard,” he said. “I thought I rode a pretty clean race and it turned out pretty good.”

Another Cole Camp rider, Shain Kaiser, had a similar start and a similar first place finish in the ATV race.

“The track was good, the bike was running great,” he said. “Everything went just kind of the way I wanted it to.”

Just shy of his 11th birthday, Kaiser has been racing ATVs since he was 3. When no one else signed up in his preferred advanced class, he dropped down to the beginner class and found competition.

Two brothers battled it out in the 250 Open Class as Aaron Gulley pulled in front early and held the lead over his brother Adam.

“(I expect) really just a clean race,” Aaron said of competing with Adam. “He’s not going to come in and try to take me out or anything. We ride together quite a bit, so we know each other.”

The native of Jonesburg, a town along I-70 about midway between Colombia and St. Louis, raced in a $1,000 race in Washington, Mo., Sunday night. He then had to work Monday, clocking out at 3 p.m. and hitting the road for Sedalia, making it in time for two practice laps before his class was called to the start line at 7 p.m.

Today the arena will be host to flat track TT racing with quads, motorcycles, lawnmowers and Outlaw go-carts. Racing begins at 7 p.m.