Timmy Crosby will be riding at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris on Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Just competing at all in the championship is an amazing feat for the 20-year-old Confluence native as he continues to comeback from injuries to rejuvenate what was a promising career not long ago.
Crosby has been riding dirt bikes since he was seven years old and his initial goal was to qualify for his pro motocross license at the age of 16. That accomplished, he was able to compete at the pro level starting in 2016.
Two years ago Crosby attended five of the 12 Pro National races on the east coast with 90 racers each competing for 42 spots and he qualified for all five in the 250 class.
Crosby's competitors were most fully sponsored and live full-time in the south at a training facility, riding year round with personal trainers and the best equipment.
Crosby, however, is considered a privateer. He buys his own equipment, trains in the summer and runs his own business, “TMC Custom Powder Coating.”
Crosby raced while dealing with a torn ACL in 2017 and he underwent surgery on Feb. 14, 2018, with a six-month recovery which wiped out most of his season that year. Late in the season Crosby aspired to qualify for the last three rounds of the Pro Nationals.
Disaster struck on his second day back in action, however. While taking a sight lap at Roaring Knob, Crosby clipped a jump and broke his back in nine places.
Although physically and mentally devastated, Crosby recovered and has been training both on and off the bike for the 2019 season, although it’s a long road back after missing an entire season. He is looking to race all six rounds on the East Coast.
A grueling sport that requires physical fitness on and off the bike every day wouldn’t be possible without the ability to train at a local motocross track. He is fortunate to have a practice track so close to home, Roaring Knob MX in Markleysburg.
With the help of family, friends, and sponsors such as Roaring Knob MX, PR2 suspension, Fly Racing, Cernics, Ebensburg Yamaha and 100% goggles, Crosby has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams again. Motocross is a sport that requires sacrifice and the ability to overcome adversity, and without the commitment from Crosby and his supporters, this dream would not be possible.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins in mid May and continues until late August, and features two classes of competition — 250 Class and 450 Class.
The 250 Class is where the sport’s rising stars do battle, making a name for themselves in hopes of future success, just like in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
The 450 Class is the championship’s premier showcase, where the biggest names in motocross like Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, and Marvin Musquin showcase their talents in search of victory and a championship. Crosby is now competing in the 450 Class.
All of motocross’ most well-known names have left their mark on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, including Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Dungey and Jeremy McGrath.
The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV, and is streamed live on NBC Sports Gold.
Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at www.ProMotocross.com.
The race at Mount Morris has been a staple on the circuit since 1977.