From rookie to pro: A lifelong passion leads to competitive success

Despite being a young rider, Noah English is rocking the ATV racing scene

by Danielle Brost

— Photo courtesy Noah English

There is a force to be reckoned with on the ATV motocross circuit: Noah English. With a legacy steeped in the roar of engines and the thrill of competition, Noah's journey from a four-year-old adventurer to a seasoned racer is nothing short of inspiring.

We had a chance to chat with this dedicated racer, and he opened up about his deep-rooted connection to motorsports, his relentless pursuit of excellence, and the highs and lows of his exhilarating journey.

How long have you been ATVing?

I have been riding ATVs and dirt bikes since I was 4 years old and I have been racing competitively for 7 years now

— Photo courtesy Noah English

Where are you from, and what got you into the sport?

I was born in Calgary and have lived in and around the city my whole life. My dad, who is the general manager for Squamish Motorsports (shoutout team Squamish), has always had a passion for motorsports and has ridden dirt bikes, ATVs, side by sides and pretty much anything with a motor in it for the majority of his life. Naturally his passion for motorsports was passed down to me and it’s been with me for as long as I can remember.

Aside from ATVing, do you enjoy any other motorsports?

Racing has been for the most part my only motorsport I participate in, I like to mountain bike, snowboard, and rock climb in my time off the track.

What events do you compete in?

I race in multiple ATV motocross series, from our local Alberta Triple Crown Race Series, to racing in the mountains near Vancouver, and even into Washington state with the Quadcross NW series.

— Photo courtesy Noah English

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Since I really only ride tracks, my favourite track would have to be Horn Rapids in Richmond, WA.

What piece of advice do you have for those who want to start ATVing?

When I started racing I was dead last every race in my 250 class with the other kids. I had no idea the workings of a race, my fellow racers were even having to explain to me as we were on the line how the starts work. Needless to say I was by no means a naturally talented racer. If you are getting into riding for the first time, don’t be scared or discouraged because you may be inexperienced. The best pro riders in the world swung a leg over their machines for the first time at some point, enjoy the learning process; don’t rush it. 

What are your future riding goals?

The first time I raced I watched the pro riders at the time flying around the track and ever since then I’ve always had it in my head that I wanted to do that someday. 7 years later I am at the level those pro riders were when I was watching them for the first time; racing beside them and even beating them every now and then. Locally I have achieved everything there is to achieve. With the current state of the ATVMX community, it makes it difficult justifying reaching for the final step and going full pro on the east coast in the US. There are only a handful of riders who race ATV motocross that make a living from it and the initial cost to get to that level is unrealistic being an entire country away from the races. With that being said, I want to continue to race my local series and simply enjoy riding my quad.

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