DeRuyter To Ten­nessee For Mo­tocross Fi­nals

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By DEN­NIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oak­dale­leader.com

It seems that nowa­days, most kids, teens and even adults can be seen with their faces buried in elec­tronic de­vices in­stead of en­joy­ing the out­doors to its fullest po­ten­tial.

For 15-year-old Brian “Kody” DeRuyter, how­ever, this is not the case. DeRuyter prefers to spend his time in the dirt; or rather, on the dirt – on a track where he races his dirt bikes.

“When I was younger I saw Travis Pas­trana do­ing tricks and at that point I knew the dirt bike scene was for me,” said DeRuyter.

He be­gan rac­ing at the age of six and has par­tic­i­pated in over 300 races.

“My par­ents said that if I win my first race, I could con­tinue do­ing it and can get a bike of my own. I raced in Los Banos and won that race, and here I am

to­day.”

DeRuyter moved from Ripon to Oak­dale in 2014 and has made a home in the Cow­boy Cap­i­tal of the World. Dur­ing his fresh­man year in 2017 he joined the Oak­dale High School fresh­man foot­ball team but his sea­son was cut short as he suf­fered an off the field in­jury that side­lined him for most of the sea­son. His in­jury came from rac­ing, his true pas­sion.

“I’ve suf­fered so many in­juries on the bike but I refuse to stay off of them,” he ad­mit­ted.

To­day DeRuyter rides his YZ 250S Yamaha and will be rac­ing at the 37th An­nual Rocky Moun­tain ATV/MC AMA Ama­teur Na­tional Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship in Hur­ri­cane Mills, Ten­nessee. The cham­pi­onship is held at Loretta Lynn Ranch and is sched­uled to be­gin on Mon­day, July 30 and con­cludes on Satur­day, Aug. 4.

To get to this pres­ti­gious event, DeRuyter qual­i­fied by tak­ing first place in both the Loretta Lynn Lo­cal Arena race and the re­gional races in both the 250 and 450 divi­sion. Only the 42 fastest rid­ers in the na­tion qual­i­fied for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. His ré­sumé is as im­pres­sive as it gets and he has taken, among other hon­ors, first place at Hang­town Ama­teur Na­tion­als, placed in the top four at Day­tona, placed in the top five twice at Mam­moth Na­tional and placed in the top ten at Cal­i­for­nia and Ari­zona Ama­teur Su­per­cross.

“I have per­formed in front of many large crowds but com­pet­ing at Loretta Lynn is go­ing to be an ex­pe­ri­ence for sure. I am ex­cited about it; I have never raced there so I am look­ing for­ward to it.”

DeRuyter and his fam­ily re­al­ize that he could not be suc­cess­ful at rac­ing with­out the help and back­ing of his spon­sors. The teen wanted to take time to thank his spon­sors: Brett Hamil­tonBraap Shop Yamaha Modesto, Mike at Fly Rac­ing, Josh Boykin of Boykin Sus­pen­sion Modesto, Char­lie Evans of Cal­i­for­nia Rock Crush­ers Ripon, Stan­dard­coco, Mika, DT1, Fin­ish Line Ca­ter­ing, Rev Mon­key, Rusty and Jena Lan­g­ley and fam­ily, Marvin Wild, the Joey Brasil fam­ily. He also wanted to credit his fam­ily for their sup­port, in­clud­ing his aunt Laura and un­cle Chris and fam­ily, his grandma and grandpa DeRuyter, Kaylee, Tyler, and his mom and dad.

Brian “Kody” DeRuyter

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