By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
Eight-year-old Kaden Shaw of Tucumcari is one of 15 riders to compete in the KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge Feb. 15 in Arlington, Texas.
Shaw’s father Darrick Shaw submitted an application for Kaden to compete in the Supercross Challenge, which will be held during the intermission of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
“I’m really excited to perform in front of so many people,” Kaden said.
Kaden will be competing as part a KTM program that showcases the talents of over 2,600 boys and girls in stadium racing venues worldwide. These events also give the young riders a chance to race on the very same tracks as their Supercross racing heroes.
Kaden, a third grader at San Jon Elementary School, said he has been riding since he was 4 years old, racing with four-wheel vehicles, and moved up to motorcycles when he turned 6. He said he has attended Camp Rev, a Christian-based motocross training camp for the past two years where he worked with motocross professionals to improve his skills.
According to the KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge web site, a rider selected to race the KJSC will receive a KTM PowerWear package that includes a KTM racing jersey, racing pants, gloves and a limited edition KTM Racing hat. These items where specially designed and selected to help prepare KJSC stars for the race, according to the website.
Kaden said KTM has also provided him and the other 14 racers with a KTM 50 SX motorcycle to ride during the race. He said that the motorcycles cannot be modified in any way to ensure that the playing field is even.
“This is what Kaden loves to do and I’m glad he has this opportunity,” said Jamie Shaw, Kaden’s mother.
Jamie said most moms would be nervous about their 8 year old riding a motorcycle, but Kaden has been doing it so long its simply like he’s riding a bike.
Darrick said this is a chance of a lifetime for Kaden. He gets to experience riding before a large crowd in a pro competition. He said the first two placers of the event would have the chance to move on to the Junior Finals in Nevada later this year.