WALNUT — The sun is shining, the roar of dirt bikes can be heard in the background and in the middle of the parking area sits a family diligently preparing for the day’s races. Mom helps her son with his helmet and pads while Dad takes a last minute safety check over the 250 cc Honda, he flips the key on and hits the throttle as it roars to life.
Although only one member of the Rostofer family rides during the race, the family of three sees themselves as a cohesive unit as they all take part in preparations for leading up to the race.
Kody Rostofer, 16, along with his mother, Tabby, and father, Rick, have been a motocross racing family since Kody was 11 years old and made the decision to switch from the cattle business to the racing business.
After selling his prized cattle from showing at 4-H shows, Kody picked out a brand new 85 cc dirt bike and the family has been hooked ever since.
“He bought his first dirt bike with his 4-H money, and we rode a race and ever since he first took off on the bike we’ve just taken off with it and are in love with racing,” Tabby Rostofer said.
Kody knew he wanted to race from the first time he rode because it fit his personality perfectly.
“What I like the most about it is just doing crazy things, I just like to do crazy things,” Kody said.”
In some cases Kody’s devil-may care attitude has begun to wear on his parents.
“When you get on bigger motorcycles as he gets older from when he started on an 85 (cc) and now he’s riding a 250, it’s different and nerve racking with the speed and how he likes to ride. It is getting to a point where it’s a little scary for us (as parents),” Tabby said. “His (Rick’s) big deal now that there is more danger is taking care of the bikes. It’s important to him that he has everything working properly on the bike so everything is as safe for Kody as possible.”
The tight knit community of Motocross draws many families from all over the county to be a part of a community of friends that has grown into a racing family, the Rostofers traveled 488 miles from Newark, Ohio, to take part in the qualifying races at Sunset Ridge.
“The people that you get to meet from all over they’re just so nice. It’s like going camping with a big group of friends besides the racing; the whole racing community is just awesome. Everyone is helping each other out and you feel like they’re part of your family because you start caring about the other kids that are competing on the track too,” Tabby said.
Although the Rostofers don’t benefit from big sponsors like some of the riders do, Tammy and Rick are happy to take on the extra expenses because the time spent at the racetrack strengthens the bond between their family.
“It’s a very expensive sport and we basically pay mostly out of pocket, we have a few sponsors but having the time with our racing family and our son is worth all of the money and time spent on making it to these events. It truly is because it brings our family together.”
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