Local has success on motocross track
Kyndal Parson no stranger to hardware
LEWISTOWN — At an age when most girls her age are playing dress-up or with dolls, Kyndal Parson is busy racing motocross.
The 5-year-old from Lewistown, affectionately named “Bug” by her parents, Bradley and Lia, has been riding for nearly two years and bringing home plenty of hardware.
“I love to go fast,” Kyndal said of her need for speed. “I learn more every time I go out.”
Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing, but it takes place on enclosed courses.
Kyndal has been competing at Breezewood Proving Grounds Motocross Park in Clearville, Bedford County. When she turned 5 last April, her father said all his daughter did was talk about racing, “all the time.”
“Being 5-years-old, you’d think she would be playing with Barbie dolls, but she is absolutely Evel Knievel,” he said proudly.
Breezewood holds a seven-race Outlaw series from April through September. That made for a long season for father and daughter.
“Between mechanical breakdowns and some crashes, Kyndal’s first motocross season was a success,” Bradley says.
Father and daughter share a bond for the sport, which is how the youngster got started.
“Daddy hauled me around all the time, and he loves it,” she said. “I love it, too.”
Besides racing at a high rate of speed, being successful makes the sport enjoyable. Does she like to win? “Yeah,” she said, sporting a huge smile.
To be eligible for year-end points and awards, riders must complete five of the seven races. Last October, Kyndal rode off with the 2018 Breezewood Proving Grounds Outlaw Series 50cc Open Championship. That division is for riders in the 4- to 8-year-old age group.
“Since the season has ended, we have been going out to SwitchbackMX in Butler,” Bradley said — making the long, three -hour trek from Mifflin County to the Pittsburgh area. “That is a five-race indoor Arenacross series.”
Competing in the two series has enabled Kyndal to race competitively once a month. Racing is a family affair, Brad says, as he serves as both mechanic and driver. Mom and sister Makeara serve as cheerleaders and cook at the race track.
Kyndal has received several plaques for finishing on the podium. For winning the Breezewood crown, she received a huge trophy as well as a track champion jacket. It came personalized with 50cc Open Champion, her name and number.
“She can’t wait for the 2019 season,” which starts in April, says Brad said.