In the 100 year history of the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, no 50cc rider had ever made it to the top of “The Wall,” the moniker given to the Mount Garfield hillclimb course in Bridgeton, MI. On Saturday, Aug. 29, that streak came to an end.
It took nine-year-old Cam Bone of Litchfield a little less than five seconds to make history as his 50cc KTM motorcycle rocketed up the steep slope in Dan Raymond Park at the Michigan State Championships.
The run was just the latest accomplishment on the hills for the Litchfield fourth grader. In addition to his win in the 50cc class, Bone also took third in the 65cc division and fifth in the 85cc Junior division in Michigan on Saturday.
Closer to home, Bone also won the Illinois State Championships, which were held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Thunder Ridge in Neoga. That win added to his point total in the AMA District 17 point standings, where he sits in first in the 50cc class, second in the 65cc class and seventh in the 85cc Junior class.
The Michigan and Illinois state championships are also part of a five-race series called the Northeastern Hillclimb Challenge, an AMA Featured Series for youth and amateur hillclimbers.
Bone is currently in first in the overall standings with 90 points, while his racing buddy Max Durbin is second with 67 points. Bone and Durbin are third and fifth in the 65cc standings, and fourth and eighth in the 85cc Junior ranks.
Sponsored by Action Powersports, Litchfield National Bank and Cory Evans Country Financial of Litchfield, Bone is also helping out the next crop of hillclimbers, namely his younger brother, Hank, who is six. The brothers, two of Mac and Stacey Bone’s four children, along with Emma and Hazel, both finished in the top five in the 50cc class at the White City Hillclimb on Aug. 15, with Hank finishing fifth and Cam taking first.
All of these wins have been great for Bone, but another big test awaits in a few weeks. On Sept. 19-20, at the Pioneer Motorcycle Club in Waterford, OH, Bone will compete in the AMA Hillclimb Grand Nationals.
Last year, he finished 14th in the 50cc class and it will take a lot to beat some of the best young riders in the country. Fortunately for Bone, rising to new heights seems to be what he does best.