CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) — The fastest motocross riders on the planet will be in Crawfordsville this weekend for the Indiana National. For Austin Wagner, one of the riders competing at Ironman Raceway, riding runs in the family.
Fresh out of high school, Austin Wagner is riding with the big boys. Wagner competes in the 450 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Championship, the highest level of dirt bike racing.
“Sometimes it doesn’t hit me that I’m riding with the older guys, but usually I don’t let the nerves get to me,” Wagner said.
The Michigan teen is no stranger to racing. He began riding at the age of 10 and his grandparents own a track. Austin’s mother, Lisa, was a five-time amateur champion.
“We were very happy for him. It’s every rider’s dream to get your pro card and ride pro events,” Austin’s mother said.
“They’re so proud of me that I was following in their footsteps. They always wanted me to do this,” said Austin. “I’ve always dreamed of it.”
Even though he’s a pro, Lisa still worries about her young boy.
“You’re never nervous on the bike your riding. So you got to just sit back and say I know what he’s doing,” said Lisa. “There is not any more of a big family sport than motocross. I love being on the track on the weekends.”
Qualifiers for the Indiana National begin Saturday morning. The main races take place after the opening ceremonies, which are scheduled for 12:30 p.m.