Biro gears up for national debut

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Moto Valley Raceway to host motocross national series event

Kyle Biro already has an impressive list of accomplishments in motocross.

This weekend, he will try and add to that list as he competes nationally for the first time.

“I am pretty excited,” he said. “Especially since it is nice and close and I don’t have to drive 30 hours.”

Biro will be competing at the Rockstar Energy Motocross National Series event, which will be held at the Moto Valley Raceway in Regina for the first time on Saturday.

It is a one-day event with a lot of racing going on, as all competitors still have to qualify.

Biro explained that riders will go out for a practice that is not timed then go out again for a timed practice. In that timed practice, riders must have a time in the top 40 in order to get into the final race.

The 15-year-old Moose Jaw native has put in some extra time this year into strength training four times a week so he can compete at a higher level.

“(Building) stamina and strength. When you are riding, you don’t think about it, but you do get really tired — especially after riding the whole weekend,” he said. “Being stronger allows you to ride your bike through the whole moto too and throw the bike around a little bit more rather than the bike showing you where to go.”

He also went to Texas for two month in February to train and race, but he hasn’t hit up many competitions this year yet.

“Last year, I did more local races,” he said. “Now, I want to hit up the bigger races with the local races being practice.”

Biro has won titles in the Intermediate MX2, MX3 and schoolboy levels. Last year, he won the Western National Championships in the schoolboy divisions, MX2 Junior and MX3 levels. He was third in the MX3 Junior level at the Canadian Nationals in Walton, Ont.

This stop in Regina is Round 4 of 10 of the points chase and many of the competitors from across Canada and the United States are looking to move up the leaderboard.

Biro is not competing in the whole series, only in this race. Although he hasn’t raced against many of the other riders, he has a goal in mind.

“I am not really intimidated by the other guys. They will be wicked fast, but it will be awesome,” he said. “I think I will really go for top 15 for my goal because it makes me want to work harder.”

With the success he has already had, Biro will use the same routine he has always used to prepare himself for a big race.

“Whatever worked for me five years ago should work for me now,” he said.

After this race, Biro is thinking about competing for the Western Canadian championship as well at the Canadian championship in the MX2 and MX3 intermediate levels.

Racing is set to start at noon and run until around 5 p.m. Yukon Blonde and Hollerado are set to perform on stage after that.

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