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Little Quad Racer Shows Big Potential

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/15/2014

For the last four years, 11- year-old Christian Markham has spent his summer weekends competing in quad racing all over the region. The soon to be 6th grader at Osborne Intermediate School in Ashland has been racking up the hardware ever since, despite being one of the youngest racers in each of the three series he competes in.

Markham has taken the checkered flag at 6 of the 14 events he's entered this season. Landing him on top of the point standings in both the Battle for Ohio and OMA series, and second among the competition in the CRA series.

Even though Markham is fast and furious on the track, he describes his racing style as "kind of laid back".

Marham says he just "rides to his abilities" when in the heat of competition, but adds that, "I have friends before the gate drops and after the gate drops, I'm not anyone's friend."

The easy going pre-teen with a mean streak got into quad racing when he was just 8-years-old and has been working hand-in-hand at improving in the sport with grandfather Ted, who also acts as Christian's crew chief. Ted says he has a lot of fun watching his grandson "do things he shouldn't be able to do," and describes their relationship as "inseparable".

Ted and Christian live together and travel nearly every weekend to a different event, in preparation for bigger things down the road.

"We want to treat every season right now like it's just practice," Ted says. "We're actually practicing for the nationals. There's nine national races all over the country and he's too young to ride this bike at the nationals."

Riders must be 13-years-old to compete at nationals and 14 to ride in the Pro Series. Christian says he plans to do both when the time comes, but for now, he's just having a good time speeding past high schoolers on his journey to the big leagues.

   
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