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A Champion in the Making

 Tyler Voss and his manager, Mike Throull from Florence display Tyler's second-place plaque he won in the Super Mini at the Glen Helen California National. He was riding his 80. At right Tylor Voss is shown in action at Washougal, Washington where he won the Washougal National.

by Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder
October 29, 1998

Tyler Voss loves riding at 80 mph, jumping 30 feet in the air for distances of 105 feet, and while in mid-air, he even loves to do tricks. Sure he's had a few broken bones, but he usually finishes the race before he gets put back together.

Tyler started riding a 4-wheeler when he was three-years old. At the ripe old age of four, he got his first motorcycle. He started racing at age nine.

He rides in both Motor-Cross (outdoor racing) and Super-Cross (indoor racing). The races can be anywhere from one to three miles long, and they can involve riding as fast as you can for 25 to 30 minutes.

"I go as fast and as smooth as I can," he said. "It's a lot of fun."

When he was 11 he won the Idaho State Championship on his Kawasaki KX 60. He competed with 30 other riders. In 1995, he won this race again on a Kawasaki 80.

In 1993, he took 6th place at the Washougal Washington Nationals, and this he did with a broken ankle.

In 1994, he raced in the Las Vegas World Mini Grand Prix, and took 16th out of over 300 riders.

During a race in 1995, a team mate landed his motorcycle on Tyler during a race. It shattered his shoulder blade. He got back up, finished the race and took third place.

In 1996, he took 2nd on his 80 in the High Country Motor-Cross Association's (HCMA) Montana Series. That same year in the Washougal Washington Nationals, he placed 6th in the Super-Mini and 7th in his age group.

He took 2nd again in 1997 at the HCMA Montana Series. He also started racing in the 250 beginners. He took 3rd in the state. He then moved into the 250 intermediates and was ahead in the race when he crashed. He once again got back up and finished 2nd overall for that day.

In the Missoula Monster Truck Arena, he took 5th and won $50. He said he was the "youngest and shortest one there." He also won $100 in the jump contest.

He smiled and said, "I even whipped some of the pros from out of state."

Last year he missed some of the Montana Series which set him back in points, but he ended up 2nd in the state. He also took 1st in the Washougal race, and 2nd in the Super-Mini in California.

Next year he'd like to race either the Pack-West, which includes parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, or the Golden Series, which includes parts of California and Washington.

His love for racing and doing tricks gives him hope for a future in riding.

"I want to go big," he said. "They say, 'Go big, or go home!' I like that one."

He said the sport is very expensive, and that he wouldn't have been able to go as far as he has if it weren't for all of his sponsors.

"I really appreciate everything my sponsors have done," he said.

His sponsors include: The Seeley Lake Fun Center, Five Valley Honda, Sages Performance Plus, Wolf Designs, Community Home Oxygen, all of Missoula, Honda of Troy, Pro Circuit, JT Worldwide, Jore Corporation of Ronan, Throttle It Racing of Florence, White Knuckle Grips of Post Falls, Idaho.

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