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Cody Herzog brings a national title home from Tennessee

Scappoose youngster takes overall first in 450cc motos, third in 250cc


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Cody Herzog celebrates after winning the overall title in the 450cc C class at a national race in Tennessee. Herzog took first in all three races in his class. Young Cody Herzog accomplished just about everything he set out to do this summer on a motorcycle.

Herzog was driving home from Tennessee Monday with a national championship in the 450cc C Class from The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. He also had a third in the 250cc C Class. The race was held at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Herzog, who just turned 15 July 1, was one of 42 racers to qualify for the nationals in the two classes. Racing is based on finishes in three “motos” for each class.

Herzog dominated the 450 class, winning all three races. This was his second national title of the year, having won another championship at a different venue back in April.

Reached by phone traveling in a motorhome Monday, Herzog was jubilant.

“I’m really happy with (winning all three),” he said. “I pretty much dominated.”

Herzog said the win means he’ll have to move up to the intermediate (B) class next year. That’s just one step below turning professional.

“I’d like to turn pro by the time I’m 17,” he said. His dad, laughing in the background, brought him back down a little bit.

“I want to thank everybody that’s helped me,” he added. “My friends and all my sponsors.”

While Herzog easily won the 450 class, he had a third and two fifths that added up to the third place overall in the 250 class. Still, a pretty good result.

Herzog has been tearing up the track this year. From March through June he’d won 12 races in the two classes, posted six seconds and three thirds. He only finished lower in two races. Last year, he had 51 starts and 29 first places finishes, 14 seconds, six thirds, and one fourth and one fifth. It was also his first year on the big bike.

Herzog made the trip to Loretta Lynn’s, as it is commonly referred to, with his father Craig, who serves not only as driver, but also pit crew. This is their longest trip, but treks to Nevada, California, and Washington have been common. Cody started racing when he was seven and has been moving up in class since then. He doesn’t view the move to the B class as any big deal. It gets him closer to his goal of turning pro.

For now, though, it’s back home and then back to school in just a few weeks.