Originally Published: August 10, 2008 9:13 p.m.
DEWEY-HUMBOLDT - Tracy Griffin rode motocross bikes for 15 years during his youth in Southern California, and endured the occasional injuries.Griffin, 44, who has twin daughters, Christina and Jennifer, 15, has passed on his interest in dirt bikes to son Carter, who at 11 has been racing for four years. Carter lives with his father in Dewey-Humboldt, while his mother, Jamie, resides in Prescott Valley."We used to just trail-ride," Griffin said, adding that he took Carter four years ago to Surprise "to let him check it out. He raced and loved it."Carter, a sixth-grader at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School in Prescott Valley, said riding dirt bikes is "a lot of fun, everything about it - competition and riding new places."His father, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning contractor, said Carter loves to jump over dirt ramps that take him 40 feet into the air and as far as 150 feet. Bikes go as fast as 70 mph, Carter said.Carter has excelled on the motocross tracks, winning two state championships from Arizona Motocross, or AMX, in 2007. The championships take place in Cottonwood, Whittman (south of Wickenburg) and Eloy.He finished half of the 2008 season, and is leading in three classes, 65cc bikes (medium-size) for ages 9 to 11, open class (all ages) for modified 65cc bikes and 85cc bikes for ages 7 to 11.Motocross competitions take a break in Arizona during the summer, and resume Sept. 20 in Eloy, Tracy Griffin said.Carter is "determined," said Pynne Johnson, part owner of the Verde Valley Motorplex in Cottonwood and a board member of the statewide organization. "He's worked hard. He practices a lot."Johnson said motocross riders follow a diet, get plenty of sleep and exercise.Carter, who also plays wide receiver for the Bears in the Prescott Valley Youth Football League, said he runs, lifts weights and rides bicycles to stay in shape. "I usually eat salads for lunch," he said.A low-sugar diet helps with endurance, his father said. He added his son needs endurance because he enters as many as 12 races during a weekend. Each race contains four to five laps, and laps vary from 1.5 to 3 miles.Carter said he wants to become a professional motorcycle racer, or a motorcycle mechanic, when he grows up.Editor's note: If you have a suggestion of a local person to feature in Achievers, call 445-3333, ext. 2041, or send an e-mail to email@example.com