A need for speed

Holdyn Fhuere, 14, of North Platte doesn’t see himself doing anything other than motocross in what he hopes will be a long career.

There’s an infectious, more or less addicting thrill in accelerating up dirt hills, gliding through the air and tearing through a muddy terrain en route to beating others to a checkered finish line.

For Holdyn Fhuere of North Platte, the addicting rush that washes over him when racing his 2019 Kawasaki 250f in front of sold-out crowds has crafted what he hopes will be a long career.

“I’ve been racing since I was 3 years old, so basically all my life,” Fhuere said. “It’s all I ever want to do.”

And he’s good at it.

The 14-year-old prodigy, who in September earned his eligibility to race in American Motorcycle Association sanctioned events due to his coming of age, already carries a lengthy resume.

In less than a year, Fhuere stormed to the top of Nebraska Cornhusker Motocross Association rankings, placing among the top eight riders in three different classes at an area qualifier in Colorado to solidify his place in the renowned Southwest Loretta Lynn Regional in Centreville, Mississippi, on Memorial Day weekend.

Fhuere stood among the youngest riders in all three of his events in the Loretta Lynn Regional at Farm 14, which included the 250c jr, 250c limited and 250c mod classes. With an average age of 20-years-old and between 48 to 52 riders in each event, the North Platte native found himself caught in the moment.

“It was the biggest arena I had ever raced in,” Fhuere said. “It was hard not to feel overwhelmed.”

Fhuere finished his Memorial Day weekend with a 13th, 19th and 26th place finish, falling short of qualifying for the coveted Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals in Hurricane Hills, Tennessee.

But the Fhueres understand that there’s triumph in just getting to the regional.

A little over a month before the Loretta Lynn Regional, Fhuere met the sort of adversity that’s become common in the sport when at the “Bar2Bar MX” in Maize, Kansas, he suffered his first major setback.

“At Bar2Bar, Holdyn went down and fractured his left Tibia and fibula,” his mother, Sam Fhuere, said. “He was non-weight baring on that leg for six weeks. He was finally cleared to ride by May 20 and we had to leave for Mississippi on May 22.

“A majority of the kids that make it to regionals train on a regular basis at a large motocross facility in a warmer climate state such as Texas, California or Florida. They train extensively daily to prepare for the areas and regionals,” Fhuere continued. “Going into a regional without training, we knew we were facing a steep uphill battle at best.”

The dogged southern heat coupled with incessant preparation and rapid races not only exhausted Fhuere, who raced seven 15-minute motos on Saturday alone, but it had a toll on his bike, too, by the time Sunday rolled around.

“The temps averaged 96 with well over 65 percent humity at the regionals. It was brutal for us considering Nebraska has had such a cooler, wet spring,” his mother admitted. “We couldn’t keep Holdyn hydrated enough as he fought off such fatigue. Still, he finished every moto he entered regardless of placement or condition of his bike or body.”

Eventually, Fhuere withstood the longevity of the weekend but his bike did not.

“Holdyn was competing in his second moto in the 250c limited class, when he went down and damaged his radiator,” his mother said. “Being that 250c limited is a stock class, we could only replace his radiator with a stock part. We did not have one so our weekend was done.”

In motocross, however, there’s little room to sulk. The new season has rolled around, and Fhuere is moving on with a lesson learned for next season’s Loretta Lynn Regional.

“I didn’t finish where I wanted to finish, but I know what I have to do now to get there,” he said.

As for the Fhueres as a whole, the ongoing development of their son in motocross is important, but it’s the memories wrapped around the sport that make it all worth it.

“We race because we spend our time together traveling the country, and it teaches our son how to work hard and achieve goals,” Fhuere’s mother said. “We race because it gives all of us an identity.”

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