Kole King is only 25 (he will be 26 on February 25), but the 2014 Burlington High School graduate is already on top of the world.
King, who competed at the 2019 X Games, peaked in the sport of motorcycle track racing last month when he won the Grand National Hooligan Championship in Florida.
King celebrated his banner season in Pensacola, Florida. In four days of the Panhandle Clash World Finals, King scored three wins, one Championship Globe overall and topped it all off with the GNHC Championship, the grandfather of all.
In 13 races in the 2021 season, King scored eight wins, taking the title by 34 points.
At the age of 25, the Burlington underground utility construction worker is on top of the world of flatbed motorcycle racing.
“We’ve had a really good year,” King said. “We built a new bike, a KTM 790 Duke. Our first race was in Lima, Ohio, and we won. It was amazing how well the bike handled. It ran really well.
“We ended up damaging the first motor so we bought a new motor for that. It took a while to fix the bugs on the bike. We bought it as a street version and configured it for the tracks. short. “
King’s season took him to Tennessee, where he raced to Loretta Lynn’s ranch.
“I finished third there,” King said. “It was a great opportunity to race there.”
The third race of the season, scheduled for Joliet, Illinois, was rainy, so King and his team – his parents and fiancee, Allison – packed their bags and headed to Neoga, Illinois, where he won another Victoire.
The following weekend he won a big race in Galesburg, Illinois, then traveled to Elk Horn, Illinois the next day for a race, where he finished third.
But the big weekend has arrived in Florida, where King ended his dominant season in style.
At 25, he is already on top of the world.
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Kole King’s journey to becoming the Grand National Hooligan Champion
But it was not all a bed of roses. Nothing was easy either. It takes a lot of hard work, endurance and courage to get to where King is.
“I’ve been racing since I was five and have been riding since I was four,” King said. “Right now I have 21 years of experience under my belt. They say you have to do something for 10,000 hours to be considered a professional. I definitely have 10,000 hours on a bike. can’t stop me doing it. Once you do it puts you in your blood. It’s so nice. I can’t get enough of it. “
The race took its toll on King’s body, from bumps and bruises to body aches. He estimates he’s had 26 fractures over the years, including two broken vertebrae in the front of his neck when he hit a concrete wall. While he suffered from neck and back pain from the collision, the fractures were only discovered after four or five years.
King hasn’t broken any bones since 2011, but he spilled a nasty spill in Pensacola that spilled blood. He managed to get rid of it.
“I feel older than I should be, but if I keep moving I’m fine,” King said of his latest spill. “I don’t get over my head like some guys do. I try to stay above the ground.”
King has big plans for the future. He will have the No.1 plate for the 2022 season as the reigning Grand National Hooligan champion.
“The Grand National Hooligan Championship Series gets bigger next year. They’re going to have a Midwest Series, an East Series and a Southern Series. All will have a winner. Then at the end of the year, the top 10 of each Les series will go to a race to determine which series has the best riders. That will be one of my goals, ”King said.“ I also want to try the Bagger Racing League. They have Harley-Davidsons that they turn into racers. They do a lot of road racing. It’s a bit in the air right now. “
King has another goal in mind. After finishing third at the 2019 X Games in Minnesota in Hooligan races, King wants a second chance to prove himself.
“I was wrecked there, but I was not injured,” King said. “I want a chance for redemption at the X Games.”
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This article originally appeared on The Hawk Eye: Burlington’s Kole King Wins Motorcycle Racing Championship