Hayden Mays has already made quite a name for himself within Ohio motocross circles. Now, at the ripe old age of seven, he’s ready to burst onto the national stage.
A soon-to-be first grader at Buckeye Valley West Elementary School, Mays recently qualified for the American Motorcyclist Association’s Amateur National Motocross Championship — an event set for Monday through Saturday at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The national championship will be comprised of three 15-minute motos held throughout the week, with the combined results determining the winner.
He’ll be up against the top 30 kids from across the country and, as the only racer within his class (50cc Shaft Drive Class) from Ohio, Mays said bringing the crown back to the Buckeye State will be as much about having a positive outlook as the racing itself.
“If you believe in yourself, anything is possible,” he said. “I am going to try my very best.”
His journey toward the top started within a crowded field of riders — a field which was narrowed down through a series of area and regional qualifiers scattered all over the country. Mays first competed in the Mid-East Area Qualifier at Action-Sports complex in Athens back in April. After that, he navigated his way through a regional qualifier held at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Mich.
In addition to racing, Mays, the son of Steve and Regina Mays, said he enjoys playing soccer, basketball and training with his brother, Tanner. He is sponsored by Athens and Lancaster Sport Cycles, Bars Racing and, of course, mom and dad.