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8-year Cordele racer dominates the competition

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CAIRO, GA (WALB) - More than a thousand motorcross riders from across the nation are preparing for the biggest amateur race of the schedule the Loretta Lynn's in Tennessee next month..

One of them is an eight year old Cordele boy who dominated the amateur national circuit last year.


Gage Linville is only eight years old but he has been riding and racing motorcycles since he was three.

Millsaps Training Facility instructor Bryan Johnson said. "You have got to take it pretty serious pretty young I think. If you really want to be somebody in this sport."

Gage is certainly ahead of the game. Last year he won 11 titles with the biggest win coming at the Loretta Lynn's in Tennessee.

Johnson said. "Last year for domination he pretty much dominated everything there was to dominate."

Gage Linville said. "One it pretty much builds up my confidence so I won't be scared up on the gate."

Racing is a family affair for the Linville family.

Father Tom and mother Amy have been living out of a camper at the Millsaps Training Facility in Grady County while their son trains four days a week during the summer.

Gage has moved up in class this year and his instructor Bryan Johnson is preparing him for the tougher competition.

Johnson said. "This year is his first year in the older class. A little bit of a learning curve but then next year again he will be at, should be at the peak of that class and hopefully do the same thing next year."

Gage is soon to leave for two big races in Oklahoma and the Loretta Lynns in Tennessee.

He may be only eight but Gage says the Loretta Lynns are a demanding race.

Linville "Normally the heat index is over 120 or something."

Reporter "How hard is that to deal with the heat?"

Linville "Very hard"

Gage has proven he can handle the heat of competition and continues to pursue his goal of one day racing professionally.

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