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Parker and Benson Trujillo compete in the Amateur National Motocross Championships

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDY TRUJILLO   - Parker (Left) and Benson (Right) Trujillo holding their tickets to Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Tennessee. Benson and Parker Trujillo started motocross about six years ago and since then the two Estacada brothers have slowly climbed the national ranks as they have gotten older.

Now, both get to test their skills as they compete in the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships from Tuesday to Saturday, Aug. 2-6, in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. To qualify for the championship, both had to be in the top 42 fastest kids for their age in the entire country.

Benson, 15, is a sophomore at Estacada High School and has loved motocross as soon as his dad brought home a Honda 50cc dirt bike.

"He just told us that if we wanted to use it, we would have to practice a lot," Benson said. It wasn't long before Benson saw his work payoff. COURTESY PHOTO: ANDY TRUJILLO   - Parker catching some air during one of his motocross races.

"When I was 7, I spent the entire summer riding," Benson said. "All my friends were doing races at the Portland International Raceway, and I wanted to do the same. And when I got in my first race, I just knew that I wanted to really get into the sport."

Parker, 12, also got interested in the sport when the Honda motorcycle made its way to his home, but it was going into his first race that sparked his love for motocross. Parker got started on the family dirt bike when he was five and entered his first race just a year later.

"Once I was riding it for a while, I was just doing it for fun." Parker said. "But when I got into my first race, I thought I did well enough that I thought I would be able to keep on doing it."COURTESY PHOTO: ANDY TRUJILLO   -  In order to qualify for the championships, Benson and Parker had to be in the top 42 fastest kids for their age in the entire country.

Parker qualified for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in 2019 but says this year's championship is even more special because he gets to do it with his older brother. "It just felt great to be asked to come back because I had a great time there," Parker said. "It is even better now because I get to do it with my brother, and we can experience it together."

To get ready for the championship, the brothers took a tour of the west coast's various dirt bike tracks to gain experience stopping in Washington, California and Oregon.

"It was a super cool opportunity to go to all of these tracks especially in California," Benson said. "A track in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., was a great place to practice because of the elevation and terrain was so different to Oregon."

Although they are top in their racing categories, Benson said that the sport is often dominated by kids from California and getting past them will be a challenge. "California kids' kind of take over," Benson said. "Since California's weather is so much nicer more often, they get to train more."

Despite climbing an up-hill battle, the two brother have been training intensely in preparation for the event and have high hopes for their Tennessee trip.

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