Motocross keeps youngster on the right track

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 17:47:38-04

Watching from the stands, Charles Morrison is a force to be reckoned with. He's fast on his motocross bike. It doesn't matter that he's just 7-years-old.

"I saw, I watched it on YouTube and I saw people on dirt bikes," he said.

A year and a half ago, Charles asked his uncle Otis Evans for a dirt bike for Christmas. "Took him out to a race track in Okeechobee just to see if he was really interested in dirt bike racing," Evans said.

He thought dirt bike racing would be good for Charles.

It's been a tough go for the little boy.  He lives in a neighborhood plagued by crime and his father is in prison.  Charles needed a positive influence in his life.  

"A lot of things happen in this neighborhood that the average 6-year-old kid should not see in life and him growing up and seeing these things is really not very good," he said.

Motocross racing is not just a hobby. Charles is really good and has the trophies to prove it. He even qualified for a national race in Tennessee. His mother, April Barnes is proud.  "He's really good at it. And just to watch him do it, it's just he loves it," she said.

April believes racing has made her son more focused and hopes racing will lead him to a better life. "I hope he just comes out to be better than me, better than his dad which I believe he is. And I think he is going to take this really far."

The race will be the week of August 1st at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee.

For more information about Charles and his motorcross racing, contact


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