Currie Speeds To Second Place At Grand Prix

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For 13-year-old Drew Currie, his stay in the beginner's 80 cc motorcycle racing class is about to end.

"I think I'll be moving up soon, hopefully to the novice class," he said.

The win that could be the catalyst for a class move took place last week at the 2002 Whiplash Prescott Mountain Grand Prix held in the Prescott National Forest.

Riding his 2002 Kawasaki KX-85 motorcycle, Currie won the class title and finished second overall among all youth classes.

During his short career of about 20 races, he's finished several times in the top 10. But, the Prescott victory was his first.

Currie's interest in motorcycle racing was sparked by several Buckeye friends who introduced him to the sport.

After practicing on a makeshift course near his home, Currie decided to try to make his mark on the Whiplash and the Canyon Offroad Park racing circuit.

Wearing the racing number 217, he's been successful, but is looking forward to even greater competition in the upgraded class.

"I'd like to win some more and get even better," he said.

He'll have that opportunity at his next race, a Whiplash-sponsored event on Labor Day near Snowflake.

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