Matthew Rayner with his fathers, Jay Rayner
Matthew Rayner, of Colchester, finished first in the 250 C and as the runner-up in the Youth C at the New Capeway Sports Committee (NCSC) Fall Series.
The 12-year-old motocross virtuoso accumulated the most points in the 250 C class, securing the 2021 championship, and finished just 44 points shy of the leader in the Youth C class over the 9-race competition at Capeway Rovers in Middleboro, Ma.
The competition wrapped up in early November with Rayner holding a commanding 73-point lead entering the final race in 250 C. He held off runner-up Christopher Burr, of Pembroke, Ma, (197-112).
Rayner started riding at the age of three and began racing at 10, training for competition on the 100+ acres of forested land that surrounds the family home in Colchester.
He said that the rough conditions of the woods makes it easier once the races start on the well-groomed courses used during competition.
The family even built a small track on their property for additional practice.
Over the years he’s upgraded his bike multiple times and now rides a 2015 Yamaha YZ 125.
In the 250 C class, Rayner is competing against much older, more experienced riders but the calm, cool, collected rider said, “It’s not that intimidating.”
He credits his “seat time” and his love for riding as the main reason for his early success.
His father, Jay Rayner, said he’s seen tremendous improvement from his son over the last couple of years and credited him with being a steady rider that is consistently top-five against more seasoned riders.
The motocross season has wrapped up in the New England region, but the young Rayner is already preparing for next season where he will move up and compete in the 250 B class after maxing out his points in 250 C.
Eventually he will move his way up to the 250 A class and he hopes to compete at Thor Mini O’s in Florida next fall.
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