The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is making its annual trip to Minnesota on July 22, and one local racer is hoping to continue climbing the ranks.
Jake Loberg, a 24-year-old resident of Ham Lake, has been racing since he was 5 years old. He’s been following his dreams since, funding his racing career with his own money.
“I’m what they consider a privateer,” Loberg said. “A privateer is someone who funds everything out of their own pocket. I go to work and still put in 40 hour weeks, but I have bosses that are good enough to let me go early a couple days a week to get out and practice. But I fund it all myself and with the help of my parents.”
He finds himself again in one of the top races in the world.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is the “world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series.” More than 100 of the world’s best motocross riders are racing on a track with jumps that send them 30 feet in the air. Described as “the most grueling, yet entertaining sport in the world,” motocross requires stamina, skill and speed.
“It’s the fastest riders in the world,” Loberg said. “It’s the toughest motor sport event in the world right now. It’s a tough, physically demanding sport.”
The race is held at Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville with the opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Loberg qualified by placing in the top 10 in the nation in Tennessee.
It’s just one of the many stops he’s made in his racing career with many more to go. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is a 12-race series that started in May in California. Stops so far include Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan and Massachusetts. After Minnesota, the races go to Washington, New York, Maryland and Indiana.
It’s a commitment Loberg has made, traveling the nation. As a kid who was all about action, he was given a videotape and fell in love, wanting to ride dirt bike ever since.
He went to Blaine High School through ninth grade before being home-schooled to allow for training and traveling.
Now he hopes to continue climbing the ranks and make a career out of it.
“I’ve always wanted to be the guy that had the paid salary and all I had to worry about was getting to the race and making sure I get all my training in,” Loberg said. “My goal is to be one of the best in the world at it.”