For many local motorcyclists, the highlight event for them each week is competing in the Wylder Promotions Thursday Night Motocross Series at the Portland International Raceway. More than 200 cyclist's entered the last race Aug. 24, some of the standouts of that group included Gresham's Jordan Williamson, Mitchell West, Ryder Rigert, Corey Shepherd, Dalton Roberson, Mason Autry and Landon Stanley.
The cyclists competed in 15 different classifications based on skill level and experience. PIR's 1.5-mile dirt course includes numerous jumps, hairpin turns and long straightaway sections. Riders compete in two six-lap events with the overall winner determined by the highest average finish in two races.
Area riders who notched top-five finishes in their class included Eagle Creek's Grayden Smith and Parker Trujillo and Boring's Ryden Cunningham and Dalton Roberson. Trujillo has recorded three top-five's in the 50 Junior Division and is ranked fifth in the point standings with 16. Autry has notched nine top-five's and is fourth in the 50 Junior Division with 26 points.
Best friends Cunningham and Roberson are first-year riders who both compete in the 85cc Beginner Division and each notched top-10 finishes last Thursday. Cunningham, 13, rode his 2009 Honda 150R to a seventh place finish. Roberson, 13, rode his 2001 Suzuki RM 80 to an eighth place finish Thursday. Smith is ranked 12th in the 85 Juniors. Cunningham and Roberson attend Good Shepherd Christian Community School in Boring.
Read the full version of At The Track in our Aug. 30, print edition.