Como-Pickton's Underwood and Mowat spend their weekend moto-cross racing
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

July 23, 2005 - For Como-Pickton resident's Jake Mowat and Seth Underwood, motocross racing is fun but very competitive every time they strap on their helmets.

"It makes me kinda embarrassed because he hasn't been racing as long as I have and he is a lot younger than me," Mowat said. "It is a lot tougher than I expected and it teaches me sportsmanship and how to be able to do that kind of stuff in every race."

Mowat said Jake is very competitive every time he gets on his motorcycle and doesn't like his performance if he doesn't get first place during his race.

Jake is going into the fifth grade this year at Como-Pickton and has been riding motorcycles for five year's now in races and around the tracks that he has at his house.

Mowat said he has won around 12 trophies on his Kawasaki KX65cc two-stroke motorcycles he compete's in the Boondoxxx Raceway Series in Farmersville once a month and is about to start a series Aug. 13 with night time races.

I have won probably 12 trophies and I race against maybe 15-20 kids," Mowat said. "We get to do five laps during our races and their are heat races to get us into the finals."

In the 2005 Spring series at Boondoxx, Jake won the overall title over Seth in the 65cc novice class by only two points (69-67), and Underwood said the duo usually trades position's every time that they are on the track.

"It is fun to be racing against him because he is my best friend and the first time that we raced he got first and I got second and it has been a back and forth deal every time we race," he said.

Underwood is eight years old and will be going into the third grade at C-P and has only been riding motorcycles for a year and a half and said racing against Mowat is fun because he knows what the competition will be like every month.

"It is better to race against him than to race against someone else because it is a fun to race with him," Underwood said. "I always try my hardest and if I do bad it doesn't bother me."

Seth will be racing in a different series this year as he will be taking part in the Lone Star Series at Swan Raceway in Tyler.

This year the 11th annual Texas Lone Star State Championship Motocross Series will visit Swan Raceway Park, Clearview Motocross, Lake Whitney Motocross, Village Creek Motocross, Oak Hill Motocross, and Four States Motocross.

Mowat and Underwood said some of the kids at school believe them when they say that they ride motorcycles and think that it is cool that they have gotten into the high-speed racing as their bikes reach 60-miles an hour during a race.

"Everybody at school thinks it is cool that I ride motorcycles and everybody believes me because I bring the plaques that I win to school and pictures," Underwood said. I am going to keep racing until I get older but really I will always be racing motorcycles."

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