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Ride Hard or Go Home

By: Coleman Swierc - email

Longview, Texas (KLTV) -  "I am John Cal Baker, and this is what I do."

What he does, is ride, and ride hard.

"It is an adrenaline rush pretty much," says 19 year old John Cal Baker, "especially when there are 42 people on the gate and they are going into such a small turn, it is a pretty good adrenaline rush."

He needs all that adrenaline, as one of the best dirt bike racers in the country, it takes a toll on the body.

"I broke my wrist first, then I broke this wrist, collar bone, I broke it twice or three times, this one a broke and shattered it, knocked my pelvis out a little bit, but it is all good now."

No worries, despite the medical mishaps, Baker has proven he can ride with the best.

In just over a week, will get a chance to prove it. Baker has quailfied for the AMA Amateur Motocross National Championships in Tennessee, beating out nearly 30,000 other riders to get there.

"People look at it and they are just like, 'you ride a dirt bike, that is nothing', but I have to train hard at it."

"He trains really hard," says his mother Andree Baker, "he has his heart in it, it is his passion, it is a money pit, and the finances are not always there, but we always find a way."

Now, if he can only find a place to practice.

"The closest actual real good track is like 45 minutes away"

So for now, he uses a make shift dirt track behind a friends house.

But when he finds another track, look out, because he will leave you in the...

 

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