It was about four years ago when Anthony Ferrante got his first dirt bike. A year later, he was racing it. Since then, the 15-year-old Penn Valley resident has been tearing past the competition, claiming trophies and quickly moving up the ranks.
The key to his meteoric rise in the sport of cross country motorcycle racing — balance and confidence.
“Consistency is a big thing, and then there’s just flat out speed,” Ferrante said. “I feel like I sit pretty even between both… Confidence is also a big thing, and envisioning what you can do.”
Ferrante competes in the American Motorcycle Association’s District 36, which encompasses much of Northern California. He is coming off a 2018 season in which he notched four race wins in the highest youth class (AA), claimed the overall points title and earned the coveted Ben Davis Memorial Award which goes to the top youth rider.
“I like the mentality it takes, the challenge of it,” Ferrante said of the sport. “It feels good to see how far I’ve come. Four years ago I was in the beginner class and it’s cool to see how I’ve grown. That keeps driving me to keep getting better and improve myself.”
Ferrante also tested himself in adult divisions throughout 2018, and is making the jump to the Adult B Division this year, and already doing so with great success. Ferrante won a muddy season opener in the Adult B200 Division at Prairie City State Vehicle Recreation Area in Rancho Cordova.
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