Race Therapy – Part 3

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Chris’ new 250 Hybrid. He needs graphics and a few parts yet!

We interviewed Chris Furches about his racing this year. Chris is the reigning indoor champion that just clinched his second title with a¬†61 point lead over second place and he won 9 out of the 12 rounds. Many of the races had full gates, so it was very challenging. He just got a Hybrid 450 to begin his practice toward racing it. That involves learning to shift, and control the power on it, and it’s something Chris is both frustrated by, and loves. ¬†Racing has had such a profound effect on Chris. It¬†truly is his therapy (read parts 1 or 2 here and here). Autism can have symptoms like sensitivity to sound, noise, or the way something looks or feels. Chris had a terrible time with both noise and being dirty or wet. He used to wear ear plugs and his helmet at the track to deaden the sound of the engines. Not only does he not have to wear earplugs any more, he has learned to cope with mud and water through racing. At the track is where Chris shines (though he is getting excellent grades in school). He can socialize with other racers, he can do what he love, and all the while, learning new things to help him outside of racing. ” We are so proud of him,” said his mom, Stephanie, “He made my day yesterday. He looked up into the stands searched with his eyes to find me, then waved. That has never happened!”

While Autism is still being researched, and there’s a lot left to be known, it is certain that people afflicted with it are special. They are caring, they are smart, they are dedicated to what appeals to them, and while they have their struggles they certainly have their victories too.¬†Here’s what Chris had to say about his racing (with a little interpretation in brackets by mom):

What’s your favorite part about riding?
Jumping is my favorite because I like going far and getting air. My heart feels good!

Can you tell us what it feels like when you are on the line, waiting for 
the gate to drop?
I’m excited and ready and everything feels good.
 
What are your racing goals for this year?
Learn to race a big quad, place top 3 in my national classes, win [repeat] local and regional championships, start racing in a big quad class, & help others like me to race.

Do you like riding the 450? How is it different than your mini quad?
OH YEAH! The sound, the shifting, the speed, and power. It’s bigger too.

What’s the best part about going racing?

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Race Therapy – part 2

Tim ¬†Furches started racing ATVs in 1985. He was introduced to the sport of ATV MX & TT racing by his boss and his best friend. He¬†raced at both the local and national levels. Tim and¬†Stephanie, who¬† always had an interest in motorcycles and ATVs but was never introduced to them,¬†met in March of 1994. ¬†Tim had his 1987 Honda 250X in the back of the truck the very first time they met. Over the next couple of weeks Stephanie because engrossed with it. She¬†quickly learned to shift and ride his quad. They¬†married in October 1994. Racing¬†was hard because they¬†only had one quad. Tim continued to race locally and for the nationals both Tim and Stephanie were able to race. Then in the Fall of 1995 they made a tough decision. Stephanie raced a Poker Run where she wrecked and was seriously injured. “It affected us in many ways and we both made the decision to hang it all up,” Stephanie said. Now, they are back in the family as they support their son Chris’ career. Chris has autism, and you can read part 1 of this story here.

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Race Therapy – part 1

10303938_10204138367693534_3688058327659331020_nChris Furches,¬†a freshman,¬†15, and an accomplished motocross racer indoors and out. At the age of ten, Chris got his first ATV. It was a gift from his grandparents and it was obvious he was a natural talent on it. A year later he saw his first MX race and asked if he could try racing.¬†On August 23, 2010 Chris lined up for his first race. He raced the rest of the season, finishing 5th in points and that same year his parents bought him his first race quad, an Apex 90. It was obvious to his parents that Chris loved racing. The new sport brought a lot of great things to their lives, and some new challenges. This freshman in high school, hailing from Tennesee’s oldest town, is typical teenager in many ways and atypical in one very certain way. Chris has Asbergers, a type of Autism.

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Video Wednesday – QuadX, GNCC, ATVMX

It’s hump day, you hate your job, ¬†and you just want to ride. We get it. So watch these recap videos of some great racing and don’t worry if those TPS reports get done today. There’s motorcycles to watch, and those TPS reports will be there tomorrow.

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