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On the rise

Ciaran Naran, 10, is one of the top motocross riders in the country in his age group.

July 22, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Ciaran Naran, 10, from Huntington Beach will be competing in two national competitions on his KTM 65 motorcycle Monday, July 12.
Ciaran Naran, 10, from Huntington Beach will be competing… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

Like all school kids, Ciaran Naran is enjoying his summer vacation and doing all the things he loves to do: hanging out with his friends, playing soccer and riding his mini dirt bike.

Although he might be on a near-three month vacation from the classroom, he still has an action-packed schedule to follow.

Still, it's all fun and games for the 10-year-old Huntington Beach resident.

"I'm having a blast," Naran said. "I'm really busy, but I love what I'm doing. It's a lot of fun."

Naran has been juggling several responsibilities daily, whether it be practice sessions or workouts with the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards program. On Friday, he'll take a break from it all and leave Surf City with his family to embark on a 1,963-mile trip across country for a pair of motocross competitions.

Naran, one of the top riders in his age group, first will compete at the National Motocross Assn. Ponca City Grand National Championships that begin Monday in Oklahoma and run through July 31. After that, he's off to Tennessee for Loretta Lynn's 2010 Amateur National Motocross Championships, which runs Aug. 2 through 7 on the grounds of Lynn's ranch.

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The two events are part of a competition schedule that will take the Moffett Elementary School student to Texas, Arizona, Sacramento, Las Vegas and Mammoth over the course of the next nine months.

"I'm really excited to be going," said Naran, whose goals are to ride super cross and to do the outdoor series with the AMA. "I want to win in Oklahoma and at Loretta's. I've been practicing hard, training hard and have put my heart into it. I'm ready to go."

Naran has been "ready to go" from an early age. In fact, Chris Naran might have gotten a hint of her son's love for adventure early on.

"He has always been a little daredevil," she said, recalling that her son began riding a two-wheel bike at age 2. "On his third birthday, we brought him a pw 50 (Yamaha 50cc motorcycle) and put training wheels on it. His dad would take him over to the school and tie a rope to the back and run alongside him. Before long, there were no training wheels. We then took him to the local track at Lake Elsinore and just let him ride.

"We always encouraged him. We never held him back. I always thought, 'boys will be boys.' Whatever he wanted to do, we supported."

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