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July 14, 2014

Local motocross racer becomes a real pro

Waterville's Logan Marzahn competing in AMA circuit

When Logan Marzahn broke his hand during a race in Little Falls earlier this year, the aspiring racer found his dream of earning a pro motocross license in jeopardy.

But where other riders might have folded under the pressure, Logan Marzahn kept right on going.

“They gave me a Velcro splint; I told them I didn’t want a cast,” he said. “It was pretty hard. Obviously I couldn’t ride to my full potential. I just kind of knew that I had to push through the pain.”

And while Marzahn missed out on the American Motorcyclist Association’s 2014 Pro Motocross License requirements thanks to his truncated racing schedule, the Waterville native decided to write directly to the organization in light of his struggles.

“Although I am running out of time and money I would truly be honored if you would consider me,” Marzahn wrote.

His talent, combined with his appeal to the AMA, made the difference, earning the 22-year-old truck driver his pro license.

The latest step in Marzahn’s career represents the realization of a goal that has stuck with him since childhood.

“It’s always been a dream, ever since I’ve been a little kid,” he said. “Now that I have it I can do more of the races that I just want to do and qualify for some of these pro races.”

Marzahn’s pro status should allow the young rider a bit more leverage in choosing the events in which he will compete, a huge benefit given his current schedule.

“I bought a semi and have my own trucking business,” Marzahn said. “I’ve been doing that full time for the last four years.”

As the owner and sole operator of Marzahn Trucking, Marzahn has spent the last few years maintaining a packed schedule, running his business during the week, while sneaking in evening practices after work and finding the time to compete on the weekend.

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