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Local racer pursues dream to compete against fastest riders

William W. Clark III at his first AMA Pro Motocross race.

Minot’s William W. Clark III is chasing his dream of being a professional motocross athlete. The 28-year-old dirt-bike racer is competing in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle series that travels across the country for 12 weekends every summer.

Over the course of this grueling championship, hundreds of riders and thousands of fans converge at some of the most picturesque landscapes in the U.S. Many of the events and the tracks the series is contested on carry upwards of four decades of history, making them legendary and iconic venues for the sport of motocross, just like landmark stadiums such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins in mid-May and continues until late August, and features two classes of competition–250 Class and 450 Class. The 250 Class is where the sport’s rising stars do battle, making a name for themselves in hopes of future success, just like in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 450 Class is the championship’s premier showcase, where the biggest names in motocross like Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, and Marvin Musquin showcase their talents in search of victory and a championship, just like NASCAR’s Cup Series. Regardless of class, these competitors are some of the toughest, fittest, and most daring athletes on the planet as they battle their own physical and mental limits, an ever-changing track, a powerful 250-pound motorcycle, and 39 other riders. There’s simply nothing like it.

All of motocross’ most well-known names have left their mark on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, including Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Dungey and Jeremy McGrath. To win in this championship is distinguishing in the annals of the sport’s history, but to even have the talent to compete against the world’s best riders from around the globe is an incredible achievement in itself that deserves to be recognized. This is the most elite level of motocross and all its competitors can rightfully claim their position as one of the best in the world.

Clark has been riding dirt bikes since he was 5 years old and has been competing professionally since 2018. He chased events around New England and spent some winters in Florida as a teenager. After multiple injuries, Clark decided to put riding on hold and went off to college in 2010. He gained a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 2014. Upon graduation he got back into the sport of motocross, where the dream was still alive. He honed his talents by racing locally at MX207 and other New England venues as well as professionally in Canada before deciding to chase success at the sport’s highest level. 

With the help of family, friends, and sponsors such as Clark Metal Fabrication, FXR Racing, Central Maine Powersports, Simard and Sons, Unleashed Doggy Daycare, and ArtWorx Suspension who help pay his way to the races, Clark has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. Motocross is a sport that requires sacrifice and the ability to overcome adversity, and without the commitment from Clark and his supporters, this dream would not be possible.

Other sponsors he would like to thank include Scott Goggles, Amsoil; Jim’s Auto Body; Yoshimura R&D; P3 Carbon; 139 Designs; Sunstar; Carter Racing; Acerbis USA; Bell Helmets; Dunlop; and ODI Grips.

Media can find additional information for the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at https://promotocross.com/page/media-policy.

Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at www.ProMotocross.com.

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and LIKE the Pro Motocross Facebook page and follow @ProMotocross on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and additional information on the latest Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship news.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of six competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest, toughest tracks on the planet. The 12-round series begins just outside California’s famed Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. The summer-long championship includes stops at America’s premier motocross racing facilities, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. Racing takes place each Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports ProRacing, the industry leader in off-road powersports event production, manages the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV, and is streamed live on NBC Sports Gold. The title sponsor is Lucas Oil, a leading producer of premium oils, greases, and problem-solving additives, all made in America.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com. 

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