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Kelowna's Keast to ride in Vegas
When it comes to riding a Yamaha 112 motor bike with skill, speed and precision, few North American teenagers do it much better than Casey Keast.
The 14-year-old from Kelowna will have a chance to display those talents later this month at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, considered by many as the Olympics of motocross racing.
On Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sam Boyd Stadium, Keast will compete in two supercross races in the super mini category.
"They only invite the best of the best, so it's a pretty big deal for Casey," said Casey's dad, Dean Keast.
Expected to draw some 35,000 spectators, the event features many of the top pro racers in the world and will be broadcast live on the cable network, Speed.
There are no points or titles awarded for the races in the super mini division but Casey, not surprisingly, wants to perform well in
"I'm pretty excited and a little nervous, too, because I want to do well," said Keast, a Grade 9 student at Springvalley Middle School.
"I've been in some pretty big races, but nothing quite like this with so many people watching. I think there'll be pressure, but hopefully I can just go out and ride like I normally do, and have fun doing it."
Since first taking up motocross riding four years ago, Keast has been steadily and surely gaining recognition on the national and international circuits.
Earlier this year in Walton, Ont., the Springvalley Middle School student captured the Grand National Motocross Championship in the super mini 14-16 division.
At the 2013 world mini championships in Mesquite, Nevada Keast more than held his own against the top riders, placing fourth and seventh in two races.
Casey's dad says his son has proven to be a very quick learner.
"Most of these kids he's racing against have been doing it a lot longer than Casey," said Dean Keast. "He's risen up so fast, it's kind of blown us away. If he does well down in Vegas, it could put him on the radar for one day competing as a pro. He's stoked and excited about it."
Keast and his family will leave this week for the U.S., with their first stop in Southern California where Kasey will get in some practise time on the Yamaha test track.
Following the trip to Vegas, Keast will compete in several arenacross events this winter in Chilliwack and Cloverdale.