Local amateur motocross standouts nationally ranked, qualified for AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

Published: Jun. 13, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 11:06 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Motocross continues to make its rise in Kansas, part of that is thanks to local talent that is putting the state on the racing map.

15-year-old Chance Kaiser and 20-year-old Logan Schafer are both qualified for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in August.

Kaiser, nationally ranked in amateur motocross, qualified for the sport’s biggest race for the first time since his motocross career began when he was five.

“The goal with motocross is to go pro and make it big time,” Kaiser said. “I am really excited, it’s going to be fun and it’s the biggest amateur race there is so hopefully I’ll go down there and do good.”

Schafer qualified for the race in 2018, finishing in 8th and 12th place in the 250C Junior and 250C Limited.

This year, the expectations are higher.

“Once you start getting better your confidence starts to go up,” Schafer said. “Becoming a professional someday...that’s my goal. I’ve been thinking about it since I was a kid and I don’t think it will ever stop.”

With those goals comes a price.

“I’ve had a knee surgery, collar bone surgery and broken both of my wrists quite a few times,” Schafer said.

“I broke my back, my pelvis, punctured lungs, broke some ribs and broke my wrist not too long ago,” Kaiser said.

Both said it’s a price they’re willing to pay.

“It just depends on how dedicated you are,” Schafer said. “I switched to online school and my parents sent me down to Oklahoma to train every day, It’s a lot of work and you got to ride hours and hours but it’s worth it.”

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship begins Mon, Aug 2.

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