O.P. Earle student wins national dirt bike championship

Published 8:57 am Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Brody Johnson, a student at O.P. Earle won the Grand National Cross Country 65cc (cubic centimeters) Dirt Bike Championship this year. (photo submitted)

Brody Johnson, a 9-year-old student at O.P. Earle Elementary, won the Grand National Cross Country 65cc Dirt Bike Championship this year.
Johnson’s dad got him started riding at the age of 4 on a Honda 50 with training wheels.
Johnson said, “At first I didn’t like it, but after I tried it without training wheels I liked it.”
He has been riding ever since.
2012 was Johnson’s first year competing in the GNCC 65cc category. Johnson, no. 235, who currently rides a KTM 65 in the 7-9 year-old 65cc class, has been on the podium every race this season with seven out of 10 wins. His first race was at the North Carolina Hare Scramble where he placed second after his bike went down on the last lap.

Brody Johnson (photo submitted)

Johnson’s older brother, Jonathan, won the Super-Mini GNCC championship and is now concentrating on winning the overall in the youth race. What does big brother think of his little brother’s win?
“I think it was great. He beat me on the age thing but I’m hoping that’s the only thing he beats me at. All he does lately is walk around and say, ‘I’m Brody Johnson.’”
For more on the Johnson brothers, see the interview posted on www.offroadviking.com/2012/09/meet-brody-and-jonathon-johnson-the-future-of-gncc.
– article submitted by Dawn Lynch

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