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Tucked away in Cairo, there's a place where aspiring motocross riders go to realize their dreams.

Riders come from other countries just to train at the facility.

Spread over 50 acres Millsaps Training Facility welcomes in some of the world's best and brightest in motocross.

"I don't think many people in the area know us, but to people in motocross Cairo, Georgia is the center of the world," said program coordinator Paul Bevan-Thomas.

The facility is such a hot commodity in the world of motocross, it's difficult to find space for new riders.

"We're always full, my job is to have riders to come in and we're always trying to find space for new guys," said Thomas

Daniel Laivaux has been riding for over 11 years and came to the states for the first time from Johannesburg in South Africa to chase his motocross ambitions in South Georgia.

"It's kind of the place that if you want to do well in America and turn pro it's the place that you want to go," said Laivaux.

The riders are from various areas, some from South America, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, and Japan but all share one thing in common, their love for the sport unites them and makes them family.

"My friend that was here 2 years ago, he said he would drop everything in South Africa and come back here, so when I had the opportunity to come here I jumped at the opportunity," said Alastair Cordiner a rider that traveled from Cape Town in South Africa to train.

Many of those traveling to the facility have dedicated their entire life to pursuing their dream and most are currently preparing for the Loretta Lynn area qualifier.

"Then after the work out they go back and they online schooling and they also have to work on their bikes and get them ready for the next day," said Thomas.

Many of these top riders are still just teenagers experiencing America for the very first time.

"In America they say pounds and we say kilos, here there is Burger King, We have Hungry Jacks, so yes it's very different," said Locky Kennedy a rider visiting America for the first time from Australia.

From just being boys to developing their skills to turn pro these young hopefuls are just taking it all in.

There are usually about 50 riders at the complex.  Training ranges from short camps to full-time long-term training.  Many riders say it's a comfortable home away from home

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