News.com.au has reported that South Australian “Levi Rossi will soon be taking on the best in his field in California.”
What an awesome opportunity, to compete in front of a large crowd in the United States to live a dream. Rossi will join fellow Australian Tomas Ravenhorst who is aiming to make the main event in the 250SX West Championship in its last round before a break where the series moves to the East Coast. Rossi will take centre stage and race during the night show, where riders in the 250 and 450 classes have heat events and a last chance qualifying event to make it to the championship point main event. The KTM Supercross Challenge is a one-off for any competitor and has been a supercross track debut for many riders and includes AMA Motocross and Supercross Champions such as Ryan Dungey and Zac Osborne.
He is only eight, but Kensington Gardens motorcyclist Levi Rossi will soon be on track in California.
He is competing in the KTM Junior Supercross, to be held in San Diego next week.
In its 17th year, the event has showcased the talents of more than 3000 young riders.
Levi’s mother, Kelly, had to fill in a lot of forms to support his entry — including his last two school report cards, details of height and weight, and a summary of his racing experience.
Levi is realistic about the daunting competition, admitting American competitors are tough to beat.
They can start proper racing younger than us,” Levi says. “(But) I’m feeling really pumped and excited. I’m number 13 and that’s going to be lucky for me.”
To prepare, he has been training with coach Daniel Banks, although there has been little competition, because racing is a winter sport.
“I’ve been practising my corner speed and riding in big ruts,” he says.
Levi, who has been attending races since he was a baby, has set a goal of being a professional AMA Supercross rider like his idol, Ken Roczen: “I love it because it’s an interesting sport and I’m the only one that does it at my school.”
Described by his mother as an “active daredevil kid”, Levi also plays soccer for Campbelltown City.
“He’s very much looking forward to this experience, meeting all the superstars and doing well for his local fans,” Mrs Rossi says.