Enid native wins national ATV racing title – Enid News & Eagle

An Enid native has claimed an amateur national racing title.

Ty Hudson, of Enid, won the B Class ATV Supercross title at the ATV Motocross National Championship in Daytona, Fla., on Tuesday.

Originally from Kellyville, southwest of Tulsa, Hudson started his riding career at a young age.

“My dad’s always been around dirt bikes,” Hudson said. “He bought me dirt bike when I was 3 or 4. I always rode and rode and rode, and really enjoyed it.”

Hudson’s family moved to Enid when he was 6 years old, and not long after, his eyes turned to competitive riding.

“I saw motocross on TV when I was about 7,” Hudson said. “My dad and sister and mom loaded up the trailer, and we went to try it out. I wasn’t very good at it at first, but I really enjoyed it.”

Hudson continued to race, but wasn’t improving the way he wanted to. That changed when he switched from dirt bikes to four-wheel ATVs, known as quads.

“Once I turned about 12, I switched to quads, and it kind of blew up from there,” Hudson said. “Quads are a little harder. They’re heavy, they’re awkward and hard to maneuver, but I just fell into place with them.”

Now 18 years old, Hudson credits his family and support team with helping him advance as a rider. He said it takes a lot of commitment from all involved to stay competitive in motocross.

“It takes a lot of funds and heart to do this kind of sport,” Hudson said. “It’s a lot of traveling. It’s a really emotional and mental sport, as well as physically, for everyone. Not everyone can go out and do this sport. It’s 24/7 — you have to be in or out.”

Balancing that level of dedication and focus with the demands of school was a challenge.

“It was a real struggle when I was in school,” Hudson said. “I had to miss a lot of school just to go race.”

He was home-schooled for his senior year to ensure he didn’t miss too many days to graduate, a goal he achieved this month.

In addition to the ATV motocross title he claimed last week, Hudson also has taken home two Texhoma Quad Racing Association championships.

Preparing to race at that level requires a significant amount of time — both in and out of the saddle.

“It takes a lot of endurance and full body strength to race,” Hudson said. “It’s not just sitting down and holding the throttle open. I work out twice a day every day, whether it’s on the road running, or lifting weights … It’s insane what my competitors and I have to go through to compete at the national level.”

In order to keep progressing in his career, Hudson said he will have to train even harder.

“It’s just going to consist of working constantly, riding constantly, fighting injury if that were to happen, and just keeping myself going,” he said.

Hudson is well aware of the impact injuries can have on a rider’s career.

In October 2015, he wrecked his ATV while riding in Decatur, Texas. He suffered a fractured lower vertebrae and broke his pelvis in four places.

Hudson was bedridden for three months, and wasn’t able to walk again until the fourth month of recovery.

Hudson said the injury and recovery took a toll on his spirits, and nearly drove him from racing.

“I really was just down in the dumps because I wasn’t able to race,” Hudson said. “I thought back in my mind, ‘Geez, that could have been a lot worse, and I don’t want to go through this again.’ It was terrible.”

The risks of returning to racing were reinforced when an old teammate and friend wrecked in January 2016, while Hudson still was recovering from his own injuries. The friend suffered severe spinal injuries and was paralyzed for six months.

“That put a damper on my racing ability, and what these things can do … just how dangerous it is,” Hudson said.

The weight of that danger slowed Hudson down when he did start riding again, about six months after his injury.

“Once I started riding again, I did not have the same skills and abilities I had before, because I was scared of the machine and everyone around me,” Hudson said. “I was so slow. I couldn’t compete and I was at the lowest part of my life.”

Hudson said he finally reached a point where he decided his love of racing was stronger than his fear of injury.

“I just manned up, and started working way harder again and pushing to get back where I used to be,” Hudson said. “And now, I’m a top national contender.”

Hudson hopes to continue building on his success. He plans to move up to the Pro Sport class next season, then Pro Am, and finally be licensed as a professional ATV motocross rider.

Hudson has a simple, determined plan to make it to the pros: “Working harder and winning championships.”

Professional racing is a goal Hudson is confident he will achieve — thanks to his love of the sport.

“It’s just like anything else,” Hudson said. “It just gets down into your heart that this is who you are, and what you love. If you love something from the beginning, you’re not going to stop loving it until the end.”

Enid native wins national ATV racing title – Enid News & Eagle

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