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Five Year Old Belton BMX Racer Signs to
Factory Team
KANSAS CITY, MO- for immediate release
The Factory Bombshell-Avent BMX team
based out of Murrieta, California signed Eli
Staton, 5, of Belton, Missouri to their
nationally recognized racing team. The
bicycle-motocross race team is comprised
of elite athletes ranging from top-tier age
group racers to 2016 Olympic hopefuls.
Although it is rare for such a young racer to
be selected as a factory racer, Staton has
two years of national level competition
experience and multiple national event
podium finishes.
The five year old racer spent Thanksgiving
week in Tulsa, Oklahoma competing in the
USA BMX Race of Champions and Grand
National Championships. The Race of
Champions, referred to as “The ROC” by
racers, is a single day BMX race held the
Friday after Thanksgiving with entries
comprised of the top ten competitors from
each state in their division. During the
Grand National Championship racers
competed on both Saturday and Sunday.
The 2015 races comprised of athletes from 46 states and 14 countries broke records in
attendance with 4,548 entries. When there are large numbers of entries, such as the case of
The ROC and Grand National Championships, riders must qualify to race in main events. The
process is arduous and challenging both mentally and physically for the racers. There are
mandatory first and second rounds, called motos. Each moto has eight competitors line up on
an elevated the starting hill for a full sprint around a 400 meter long dirt track with large bowl
turns, jumps and other obstacles. If a rider finishes in first or second in the first moto, they may
skip the second moto and move on to qualifiers. First and second place finishers in the second
moto may also continue though the qualifying process. There may be up to three additional
qualifying races, called Eighths, Quarters, and Semis before the Main Event race.
Staton rode the 5 & Under Intermediate and Mixed Open divisions at The ROC. The Race of
Champions allows for racers to compete in the age and classification they were at the time of
their respective state championships, thus many competitors already reached their sixth or
seventh birthdays. The five year old Staton was racing against riders up to two years older in
the Mixed Open classification where he finished fifth in the Semi. In the Intermediate class,
Staton came from a back of the pack start to work his way to third overall.

Classifications for age divisions include novice, intermediate and expert. Determining the
classification is based on the number of wins a rider has accumulated of their career. In Staton’s
short BMX career, the young racer turned intermediate level only two months after his fourth
birthday in 2014.
At the Grand National event, the Belton, Missouri resident won his motos and subsequent
qualifying races. Staton advanced to main events in both the 6
& Under Mixed Open, where he was the only five year old
competing, and the 5 & Under Intermediate class. Staton
placed fifth and third respectively. These placings earned the
young racer a National Age Group number six placing for the
year.
The Factory Bombshell-Avent BMX Team anticipates Staton
moving into the expert category for next season’s Grand
Nationals where he will be one of less than 10 active experts
for his age class in the country. His first national event of the
year will be January 8-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The
California based team expects Eli Staton at national events in
Oklahoma, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tennesee, Illinois, and
Missouri in 2016. Staton will likely be racing the expert division
when the national event tour stops in Kansas City for the MidAmerica National. The race will be held at Raytown BMX
August 12-14.


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