EL CAJON, Calif. – El Cajon resident Noah Kepple is not your average rider, in just three short years he's climbed to the top in EnduroCross.
Kepple qualified for all the main events on the circuit. He finished as the eighth rider overall in the AMA Pro EnduroCross Championship standings this year.
"Throughout the past year I won the 6-hour endurance race all by myself," said Kepple. "I tried to ride consistent, smooth and learn. I used it as a learning year."
EnduroCross incorporates various elements of off-road racing, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand mud and super-sized tires. Riders compete in a Supercorss-style setting at stadiums all over the country throughout the year.
Kepple and his dad built a race track in their front yard a year ago hoping to help the 20-year-old reach new heights in the sport.
"Everyone that is a top 10 guy has their own track," said Kepple. "The closet track to me is an hour and a half away. We wanted a track so I can go out and practice when I have free time. We drew something up and this is what we came up with. We built it all by ourselves."
Before the next race in February, father and son plan to make a few adjustments to their track to hopefully set up Kepple to reach his 2017 goals.
The Granite Hills graduate has picked up a couple of sponsors.
"Moving forward I want to be better then I was last year," said Kepple. "Hopefully we will get on the podium once or twice and stay healthy."