Thursday Jun 28 2012
Catch air with motocross freestyle act at Folsom Pro Rodeo
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
FOLSOM CA - Justin ?Airtime? Ayres will wow the crowds with his acrobatic motorcycle freestyle act at the Folsom Pro Rodeo. Ayres, 25, was raised a cowboy and worked as a ranch hand. He turned to freestyle motocross and hasn?t looked back. ?I picked it up as a hobby when I was about 10 years old,? he said. ?I started jumping about five years ago, got invited to do a show and haven?t stopped yet.? His air antics are always a crowd pleaser. Riding his YZ 250 two-stroke bike he flies off jumps and does a back flip that crowds go wild for, he said. That and the ?Captain Morgan? pose atop the bike are his two favorites, he said. Michael McIntyre, 22, of Shingle Springs, is an avid motocross rider and said he can?t wait to see Ayres ride. ?I ride and do a few jumps, but am not sure I would even try a back-flip,? he said. ?I mean, I take risks, but flying through the air like that is a little crazy.? McIntyre said he plans to go to the rodeo this year just to see Ayres perform. ?I went a couple of times when I was younger and it was OK, but I?ve have to see this guy,? he said. Ayres grew up in Eagle Point, Ore., and now calls Marysville his home. Ranching was what he knew, but once he started making money with his freestyle motocross stunts, he switched gears and now travels extensively doing shows. ?Since 2008 I?ve been traveling all over the country and I?ve been to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Canada for shows,? Ayres said. From the age of 13 to 17, he competed as a bareback rider in junior and high school rodeos. At the age of 10 Ayres started racing motocross. He subsidized his racing career from prize money and his daily wages working as a ranch hand, he said. In 2011 Ayres was picked up by Flying U Rodeo Company and has performed in rodeos and bull riding events. In his professional debut in 2011, Ayres took home his first professional title. ?In order to stay on top you have to always be pushing the envelope of impossible,? he said.