At 4-years-old Bogart native Jackson McCarty began riding motocross at a local track. He was immediately in love with the sport, though he didn’t race until he was 6-years-old.
As his interest in the sport increased, so did his ways of experiencing it. Once he began riding, he began watching the sport on television. He has taken an interest in American Motorcyclist Association star Ken Roczen.
Roczen was able to rise back to the top of the sport after multiple injuries and has been an inspiration to McCarty. Perhaps, one day McCarty is on his way to earning the right to race against Roczen at the highest levels of the sport. McCarty is already beginning to make a name for himself at the amateur levels of motocross.
Recently, McCarty won three races in the Loretta Lynn’s Regional to qualify for the 38-Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship race held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee in August.
McCarty will join names such as AMA champions James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Dungey as alumni of the event.
His performance has made McCarty this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
McCarty will be the only competitor from the state of Georgia competing in Hurricane Hills in August. McCarty, who is known for his humility, takes pride in that note in his accomplishments.
“It means a lot,” McCarty said. “It doesn’t mean all that much. I just love doing it.”
With the list of McCarty’s motocross accolades growing, so is the amount of miles driven by the McCarty family. In order to qualify for the championship race, the family put whopping 4,202 miles on their car between the three races in which McCarty won to qualify.
According to McCarty’s father, the travel is just part of the deal. The McCarty’s average around 30,000 miles per year traveling to events during the season. McCarty is grateful for the opportunity his family’s sacrifice has given him.
“I’m very grateful to have them taking me all these places,” McCarty said.
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
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