Ronnie Higgerson: 2nd-place Finisher In 2013 In the Pro-Am Class Of The AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series
December 03, 2013
Ronnie Higgerson, 23, of Cutler, Ill., was on a mission during the 2013 season: to prove that he can successfully compete in the Pro-Am class of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series.
Riding his Can-Am DS450, Higgerson did just that by finishing second overall at the end of the season.
“The season went well for me,” he says. “It's my best overall finish of my career for the Pro-Am class and I was able to finally make a statement to everyone that I mean business.”
Even though the season went well, it wasn’t easy.
“Mother Nature was my biggest competition this year by far,” he says. “But all jokes aside, there were many guys this year who had the potential to win. [Brett] Musick was consistent and [Tyler] Hamrick has lots of speed. But, overall, there was a lot of competition this season and each weekend there could be a number of guys on the top of the box.”
Although he didn’t go into specifics, Higgerson says that every time he has dinner with the BCS crew he has a good time. In fact, “the first time we went out with them was one of the best time’s I had all season.”
One time unrelated to the BCS crew that wasn’t such a good time, however, was in a race “that would have put me in serious contention for the championship,” he says. “I won my heat and had the win secured in the main but then my chain came off with three laps to go. That was a long drive home!”
Higgerson remembers his first race this way: “I didn't know what I was doing and I was so nervous. I was 16 and it was an eye opener. I didn't do the best and it was literally a turning point in my life where I decided to start training and make this something I wanted to do for a long time to come. Until that race I was just a kid who loved to trail ride every day with his buddies.”
What he likes about racing in the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series is that “it’s literally the best riders in the nation coming together to compete against each other,” he says. “Succeeding against these riders truly shows how much hard work and determination you put in to your program.”
For 2014, Higgerson says he will be riding for BCS Performance/Can-Am, “which is such an honor and something I've only dreamed of before. They are such a great group of guys and I couldn't be any more excited.”
He also planned to head down south in Januajry to train with Josh Creamer, who also is riding for BCS in 2014.
When he’s not riding quads, Higgerson likes to bow hunt, golf, go boating, fish, bike “and anything that involves being outdoors, really.”
What many people don’t know about him is that he’s a little on the shy side. “But once somebody gets to know me they find out that I’ll go above and beyond my way to help anybody in need.”
There are many people he thanks for supporting his racing efforts:
“First off, I would have to thank my family. Without them none of this would be possible at all. Plus BCS Performance for all their help every weekend. Not only are they a great crew of guys but they sure know how to make a Can-Am really rip!
“I’d like to give a special shout out to Jay and Jimbo, they helped me a ton and I consider them great friends now,” he says. “Jimmie O’ Dell, a former employee of Can-Am, was there almost every weekend with more helpful advice that I could handle at one time and for that I’d like to thank him.
“Also, my best friend, Chris, for coming with me every weekend and helping me as much as he could,” Higgerson says. “He honestly wanted to win this championship just as much as me. Then there’s all my other sponsors: Can-Am, Six 5 Designs, Elka Suspension, DWT, Maxxis, KSR, Never Sleep Designs/Vechery Racing, SSI Decals, Precision, Answer/Pro Taper, Fourwerx Carbon, All Balls Racing, Cp/Carillo, Rath Racing, Hinson and FMF Racing. Without all these great people and companies this wouldn’t be possible.”
He also wants to thank anyone he failed to mention.
What advice would he give others who want to race ATVs?
“Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, work hard and believe in yourself,” he says. “Always remember where you came from, keep a level head and always help others in need. The ATV racing community is a family, and a great one to be a part of. I couldn’t imagine my life without all the great people I have met doing what I do.”