Local motorcross rider turns pro

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

R.J. Schroyer

Motocross rider R. J. Schroyer is realizing his dream. Just recently he earned professional status through the AMA sanctioning body. He will compete in the 250 A Class.

He plans to compete in his first race as a professional in the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Penn., in June. He hopes to qualify for the RedBud National track in Buchanan, Mich., over the July 4 weekend.

Schroyer of Ottawa Lake, Mich., is a third generation Motocross racer following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles. “I have been riding for several years thanks to the support and help from my family,” he said. “I really take this to heart.”

According to Schroyer, Motocross is one of the most physically demanding sports and he spends lots of time in the gym to be physically ready to ride. “It takes a lot of hard work to hold onto your bike. Each race is 30 minutes plus two laps. In addition to being in top condition, you have to be concerned about your diet and stay properly hydrated during a race,” Schroyer related.

Schroyer works out with Lori Miller at least three times a week for an hour and a half to two hours and rides as much as possible practicing on his backyard track, a private track owned by family friend, one behind the Milan race track and a fourth on Airport Highway. “Each track is different,” he said.

“I practice for hours and the experience of different tracks is very helpful as the tracks where we race are all different,” Schroyer said. “Those tracks all have from 10 to 15 jumps and many turns with different track surfaces,” he added.

“I love the sport,” he confessed. “I love the freedom of being on a bike and being able to express myself by riding my bike hard. And, I’m pretty flashy on the track. I wear bright colors and throw my bike around a bit. I love every time I get on a bike,” Schroyer reported.

“I also love the competition. I love to get in that first turn and mix it up with the other riders. That makes all the training time and money worth it,” he smiled.

Schroyer has set several new goals since he obtained his pro card. He wants to qualify for nationals and to be part of the fastest 40 drivers. He also wants to keep progressing and to grow as an athlete. He also wants to finish in the top 20 in his class.