Noah Madler, age six and Gage Madler, age four sons of Greg and Kristi Madler of New England decided to follow their dad’s footsteps and go into Motocross at an early age.
By Norma Peterson
Posted October 4, 2012
Noah Madler, age six and Gage Madler, age four sons of Greg and Kristi Madler of New England decided to follow their dad’s footsteps and go into Motocross at an early age. Greg raced Motocross many years ago locally and can’t remember a time when he didn’t have a motorcycle or a dirt bike. With his encouragement the boys decided to get involved in this sport. Greg made a little motocross track in the corral while the cattle are out in the pasture. He’s even made whoops, a jump and a table top for the boys to practice. He enjoys working on the bikes and getting them ready for the next race.
They are members of the NDMA Circuit and competed in their first race June 10 against NDMA circuit members
Noah started riding a small or kids 4 wheeler at the age of three. He moved to a motorcycle (Yamaha PW50) in October 2010 when he was four. The first time he got on the PW50 he showed natural ability as he did not have one crash and caught on immediately. In March of 2012 he started riding a KTM 50 Junior, which is a race bike, and competed in his first race on June 10th in Mandan. He moved up to a KTM 50 Senior in July of 2012 and this is the motorcycle he currently rides. His number is 3M. He has received one 2nd place award, three 3rd place awards and two 4th place awards. Recently in Jamestown he received the hole shot award which means he was the first racer to get out of the gate and pass around the first corner. This was an award he has been working towards receiving since his first race, as a great start to the race is very important He even said on his birthday, which was in May, he made a wish that he would get the hole shot at a race. His birthday wish came true!
Gage started riding the small 4-wheeler in October of 2010 when he was just two years old. He started riding the Yamaha PW50 with training wheels in March of 2012 (four years old). By June the training wheels came off the PW50 and he raced his first competitive race on June 10th in Mandan. He moved to the KTM 50 Junior (race bike) in July of 2012. Once he got on this bike there was no going back to the PW50. He loved the speed of the race bike. This is the motorcycle he currently rides. His number is 7M. Gage has received a participation award at every race he has competed in. Krisiti said, “he is showing improvement in every race and has lots of fun which is by far, the most important to us. We want them to have fun!” The boys typically race in the 50B class against anywhere from 11-19 kids. Some of these kids have competed in every race in the NDMA circuit which, in total is approximately 21 races. Noah and Gage have competed in only seven of those races. There are 2-3 racers that Noah is in constant competition with but he does very well for competing in so few races. He keeps up with them and places high in every race he competes in.
The boys plan to compete in the Arena Cross Motocross races in Bowman this winter. Their plans are to travel to more races this coming year.
When I asked mom how she felt while her boys were racing, she said “I get really nervous from the time the race starts to the end and I know they are safe, where Greg loves it and gets only a little nervous.”