At age 7, there are stars in this motocross kids' eyes

Jan 16 2014 - 12:02pm

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Talon Hanson, at age 7, competes in motocross competitions all across the Western United States, is completely obsessed with racing,. (Courtesy Photo)
Talon Hanson, at age 7, competes in motocross competitions all across the Western United States, is completely obsessed with racing,. (Courtesy Photo)

SOUTH WEBER -- Great dreams often start in small places.

Tiger Woods started his professional golfing dreams as a 2-year-old on national television. Peyton Manning played touch football as a toddler with his NFL quarterback father, Archie. And, Andre Agassi started hitting tennis balls as a youngster on the scorching hard courts of Las Vegas.

Small places can be the launching pads for great careers. Seven-year-old dirt-bike rider Talon Hansen may be small in size, yet he is large in his dreams and accomplishments in motocross racing.

Hansen, who competes in motocross competitions all across the Western United States, is completely obsessed with racing, according to his mother, Britani.

"That's what he does," said Britani, referencing her son's love of all things racing. "He watches it all day. He plays with dirt-bike toys -- if it's not a dirt-bike toy he won't play with it;. He watches the races that come on every weekend. He'll practice every single thing that they are doing."

Talon got started in the sport as a toddler, thanks to the influence of Britani's brother. The two were inseparable, and Talon's love for the sport grew as he got older.

The thrill of the sport is palpable for competitors, who have described landing a jump as pure euphoria. However, for a competitor's loved ones, the feeling most commonly felt is dread, as the danger of motocross is omnipresent. In August, Talon was run over by a bike and broke his clavicle. Moments like that sometimes worry Britani.

"It makes me really nervous," Britani said. "We spent one night in the emergency room, and he wasn't even racing. (You get through the fear with) family, the support of friends and everyone who likes to do it as well."

Despite the fear, Talon has repeatedly shown his aptitude on the bike. He's raced against kids up to three years older than him, and has still been successful. Yet, even the winning is a mixed blessing, as the process of winning is where danger can happen.

"It's exciting, and still nerve-wracking," she said. "They call him "Pullshot Hansen" because he's really good at getting out of the gate. I can't ever watch him start, actually. But, other than that, we just cheer him on when everyone is out there."

Off the track, Britani describes her son as a normal 7-year-old child.

"At home, he's a compassionate, loving son," she stated. "He's a hard worker, and takes care of his little sister. He does really good in school ... he's excellent at math and reading. Just all-around, a really good kid."

Yet, despite all of the accolades surrounding his career, Talon Hansen quickly stated what he loves most about riding.

"Competing, and the fun of it," said Talon, who listed his favorite food as steak.

At the end of the day, Britani noted her son has an undying passion for the sport, and projects nothing but great things from him.

"He wants to be the next James Stewart, and I see him at the starting gate at Anaheim One," she said, referencing one of the top athletes and top races in the sport. "If we can keep him going, and keep him practicing ... that's what he does."

 

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