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Memorial will honor Hoffman’s dream at Sunset Ridge MX

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:10 p.m. CDT
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The first recipients of a motocross memorial award established in the name of Nick Hoffman are Ian Pistole, front left, and Garrett Pistole of Walnut. They are joined by (back row, left) Jeff Hoffman, Nick's father, and Kelly Hoffman, Nick's sister, and Josh Pistole, Ian's father, and Chad Pistole, Garrett's father.
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Chase Sexton was presented a motocross award in memory of Nick Hoffman by Jeff Hoffman, Nick’s father.

WALNUT – Nick Hoffman of Sublette passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Oct. 16, 2011. To honor his life and recognize his contribution to the world of Motocross, a memorial has been established using a phrase he shared often: “Dream Your Life, Live Your Dream.”

Sunset Ridge MX near Walnut was a special place to Hoffman and his family. It was his second home, his second family and a place he played a role in building to the fabulous track it is today. The Hoffmans will continue to grow his memorial and promote Sunset Ridge in his memory.

The three young men given this first award are special as Hoffman worked with each of them during his life. These recipients were Garrett Pistole and Ian Pistole of Walnut and Chase Sexton of LaMoille.

Hoffman started his career right out of high school and worked in several local motorcycle shops. He also rode a quad as an amateur with dreams of going pro. He made contacts and connections and eventually worked as a privateer mechanic for several riders that had no factory support. These jobs took him all over the country and eventually he landed in Florida.

The life of a privateer mechanic and a rider is difficult. Hoffman’s dream and passion was to work on a pro factory team. He landed a mechanic’s spot with Team Butler Brothers; a private Pro team based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. where he stayed until his first opportunity to get on a Pro Factory team, Moto Concepts, came along. This move took him over to Riverside, Calif. When his rider was released from his contract, Hoffman had been networking and got his mechanic’s position back with Butler Brothers where he was a mechanic for Pro Rider Michael Byrnes until his death.

Hoffman was presented once with a monetary award for his performance at a race in Washington. It was through this that his family decided what better way to honor him by continuing to recognize the hard efforts and dedication mechanics give their riders, especially a privateer mechanic. The Hoffman family will work with his former team owners at several indoor and outdoor races to present a privateer mechanic with extra money in recognition of what they do.

In the off seasons and between Supercross and Motocross, Hoffman worked wherever he could. He drove to local tracks and worked on amateur riders’ bikes and if parents could afford he would travel with them to big event races. Often times he would take what money they could afford. He touched many young and up-and-coming amateur riders’ lives. Through his foundation the Hoffman family will also be choosing riders that are worthy and show passion and dedication to the sport and present them with a monetary award to help offset the endless expenses incurred.

Contributions to the memorial may be sent to Eureka Savings Bank, PO Box 709, Mendota, Ill., 61342, Att: Live Your Dream Memorial.

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