Dedication is Key
Almost everyone who knows anything about the motocross world knows some of the names who have just come out of the amateur ranks. Justin Bogle, Kyle Peters, Jessy Nelson. Most even know the ever-popular name of Monster Kawasaki's Team Green star, Adam Cianciarulo. But not many know about the true dedication it takes to rise up from the amateurs. At least, not if you don't pay attention to them.
Vurb caught up with rising star Luke Purther, who knows exactly what it feels like to ride for his career. Though it's not quite the same in the amateur ranks, Purther and his family are the equivalent of a privateer family. With only a few sponsors to his name, his parents have put everything on the line for him to acheive his dream of racing professionally.
This isn't exactly a new story. You always hear about the amateur kid whose parents gave up everything just so they could make it into the big time. Dedication is a family effort in the sport. But the Purther family is different. Not because of the parents, but because of their son.
Luke Purther has something special. Being a California kid, he gets to go out and ride the famous tracks, sometimes with some pretty big names. But none of that phases him. He is humble and dedicated and speaks very carefully. It's like he doesn't want to get his hopes up, despite his 23 national titles that he's already earned. He rides a 2009 KTM 85, which isn't the best compared to near-factory 2012 bikes that some of his competitors are riding.
This kid has his head on straight as can be, even though he's only a young 13 years old. He's got a promising future ahead of him. Hopefully, some bigger names will see that too and throw some deals his way until he's old enough to get a contract in the pro ranks.
Check out Vurb's full interview with Luke HERE.