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Alexah Pearson climbing up the ranks


Alexah Pearson made quite a jump between the end of her amateur motocross career and the professional ranks. It was the equivalent of the 40-foot uphill jump at Hangtown. Heck, throw in a large whoop section, too.

The Rocklin resident finished second, first and second in her three motos at the American Motorcyclist Association’s Nationals last week in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to claim first place overall in the women’s 14-and-older class.

Pearson, 18, is the best amateur female rider in the country and will now battle the likes of Ashley Foilek and Jessica Patterson full-time on the women’s professional circuit that runs concurrently with the men’s.

“I’m just super excited about it,” Pearson said of the amateur title. “It’s cool to come out on top and make it my last time racing there. The biggest difference for me now in the pros will be that everyone is faster and has more experience. Plus the tracks are a lot gnarlier.”

Pearson has been racing for more than half her life. She was home schooled and graduated in June from the Visions in Education program. Home schooling allowed her to practice, travel and race on her schedule. Her brother, Connor, 14, also is home schooled and races motocross. He finished second overall in 2009 in his age class but missed the nationals this year because of an injured wrist.

Their mother, Theresa Pearson, played professional basketball overseas, and their father, Brett Pearson, was a professional golfer who now owns a construction business. The family lives next to Sunset Whitney Country Club in Rocklin.

Alexah Pearson will spend the next two weeks in Pittsburgh training for the Rockstar Energy Southwick National on Aug. 28. After that, there are just two more professional races this season – Sept. 4 in Delmont, Pa., and Sept. 11 in San Diego.

“Out here, we can ride every day, all day at a bunch of tracks, where at Prairie City (in Rancho Cordova) you can maybe ride four days out of the week,” Pearson said. “But Prairie City will always be my favorite track.”

Pearson will be a free agent after the season, able to sign with any factory team. She said she’s looking forward to the process and hopes to get an offer soon.

“I’m a solid, consistent rider,” she said. “I still need to work on my cornering, get faster and get more aggressive.”

Kids nights

Kids 12 and younger get in free Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville with an adult paid admission.

There will be face painting, an autograph session, a chance to win a bicycle, $2 kids meals and a football toss. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

Go to www.allamerican- speedway.com for more information.

Stockton 99 Speedway also will hold a Kids Night on Saturday with free admission to kids 10 and younger. Goodie bags will be given to the first 200 kids. Sidewalk chalk areas, free raffle prizes and $2 kids meals also are offered. Racing begins at 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.stockton99.com . Read more: www.sacbee.com/2010/08/13/2956118/local-motor-sports-female-motocross.html#ixzz0×703JT4r

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