There's more to Coventry High School junior Ty Templeton than meets the eye.
Coventry High School junior Ty Templeton, 16, has a 3.7 grade-point average, is in the Post Secondary Program at the University of Akron. He is set a goal to graduate from high school with honors and will likely enter college with enough credits to begin his junior year.
Most would say that, in itself, is quite an accomplishment.
But there’s more.
When Templeton isn’t in school or studying, he is competing in national Motocross competitions.
Templeton races four wheelers in the sport that consists of racing dirt bikes or all terrain vehicles (ATV). He began at the local level racing at tracks in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Racing locally, Templeton won his class championship all three years he participated. Racing classes are determined by age and skill level.
"This was my first year to race at the national level," said Templeton who participated in a 10-race series that began in March and ended in August. He traveled to a variety of states that included Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and New York.
Templeton explained that each race has a qualifying round on Saturday and a final race on Sunday. How the racer places Saturday gives them points for the Sunday race.
"If you take first you get one point, second two points and so on,” Templeton said. “After the final race Sunday the one with the lowest points wins a podium finish – first, second and third.”
Out of 10 races Templeton took first place eight times, giving him a title win, the national title – highest accomplishment that can be achieved at the armature level.
He raced in two classes and won the national titles in both. Winning one title is difficult, but winning two is extremely rare.
Templeton, through the races, competed against more than 66 riders from all over the world and he will attend a banquet in West Virginia this November to receive his awards.
"When I race, I love the competition and the adrenaline rush,” Templeton said. “I like to fly through air and I see jumps as a challenge.”
Racing at this level affords him the opportunity to meet many people from all over the country.
"Racing has been a way of life for the last four years,” Templeton said. “It has given me confidence and determination to always strive to be the best. With winning two national titles it has opened the doors to a lot of sponsorships which help with the cost of maintaining the quad.”
Templeton’s main sponsors are Janssen Motosports, KSR exhaust concepts, Six5 Design, Kames Sporting goods, Midway Yamaha and FTR graphics.
"Because of their support I am able to continue racing at the National level next year," said Templeton.
Page 2 of 2 - For the rest of this year, Templeton will continue to race at the local level and will practice every weekend. He will begin racing at the national level in March 2014 and hopes to win another title.
Templeton competes riding a Honda TRX450R ATV.
This high school student's interests, though, do not end at Motocross four-wheeler racing. He also enjoys trail riding on quads and dirt bikes and rides snow mobiles in his off season. He also enjoys all water sports including skiing, knee boarding, wake boarding and boating.