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      Racing to the top

      Hunter Sayles isnâ??t your average teenager. He has about 10 years of experience in motocross racing and is as good as it gets in the AMA circuit. He has raced in both local and national motocross events and is fearless on the dirt track.Sayles has accomplished all of this despite being only 14 years old.A native of Merrill, WI, Sayles started riding a bike when he was just four years old and started racing competitively at age six.

      â??My dad said if you can learn how to ride a bike without training wheels, you can ride the dirt bike,â?? Sayles said. â??I went to his house that weekend and started riding.â??

      Last week at the Houghton County Fair, Sayles tried his hand again in several different races like the 185 senior and super mini.

      So far, Sayles says one of his greatest achievements is taking home a championship at the Ponca City Motocross Championship in Oklahoma last month in July.

      Also added to his impressive resume is placing first at Loretta Lynnâ??s Regional Qualifier in Illinois in two different classes.

      Sayles also placed fourth in the mini sr. stock class during the Winter Olympics in Gainesville, Fla. last November.

      â??I just like that itâ??s a one-team sport,â?? he said. â??Itâ??s kind of your mistake if you make it, but itâ??s also your victory if you win so, you donâ??t have to depend on others.â??

      â??Heâ??s always wanted to go pro,â?? said Kirk Sayles, Hunterâ??s father. â??He just loves this sport. You got to want it and in the big races when youâ??re out there, you got to want to win, and he obviously wants to win because he does quite a bit of it.â??

      That next step to the pros is a race in Las Vegas. Sayles has qualified for the Monster Energy Cup race on Oct. 19 where heâ??ll be competing against some of the best motocross riders.