Introducing a new series of profiles of the riders of Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association. This series will serve to give people an idea of who represents AMRA on the course and off.
First, we’ll start with AA Pro rider Ryan Wells. Ryan started riding at 3 years old and quickly fell in love with the thrill of dirtbike riding. Fast forward to 12 years old, he joined AMRA after family friends told them they started a new series and started his racing career. He spent two seasons riding and then took a break. Around 2015 he started racing AMRA again and stayed consistent from then on. Working his way through the ranks from C class to A, he went pro and never looked back.
After signing with Team Topar, Ryan became more and more successful and represented the team well. All the while, Ryan just strived to have fun and build skill along the way. As the 2018-2019 AMRA season approached, Ryan began his Az Dirtbike Training company and left Topar to represent his business. Ryan parted ways with heartfelt goodbyes to all that helped him get on the map, namely Wayne Dickert. Ryan switched his graphics and started on his new journey on board a KTM 350, stating that “KTM is the best there is, what more can I say?”.
Ryan started the season on a rough one, with a fourth place finish and a DNF following that at round 2. Through training kids and adults alike, things clicked in his head and he pulled it together at round 3 and took the win in Oracle, Az on one of the tightest courses yet. The sandy beaches of Lake Havasu were rocked with the sounds of dirt bikes as Ryan took on the Crazy Horse track and took the win in a tough two hour race. Ryan’s training business started getting traction and he got more seat time than ever before and got on the podium again in Buckeye at Arizona Cycle Park, taking third on the MX/offroad course. The season went to Morristown in the tight, rocky course at the SoLLid’s Day In The Desert, where he conquered the course to a second place. Ryan trained hard for the next race in Prescott Valley, but wasn’t able to keep pace in the frigid temperatures at the Roughrider 100 and took a respectable 7th place. Luck and skill came together again and Ryan took on the Copper Classic in San Manuel, walking away with a victory in the Restart Enduro format. Ryan is now leading the Pro points by over 35 points, pending a points update before his last round victory. I will update this story as the season progresses and tell of his inevitable victories.
Ryan is pursuing the AMRA championship this year despite his desire to participate in the Endurocross season, but the long season of AMRA created a list of conflicting dates that made that desire not achievable. Ryan enjoys Hard Enduros the most, stating that he “loves riding dirt bikes where you can’t even hike” and excels at that type of riding and single track technical racing. He also finds happiness training others in that kind of riding as well as motocross and offroad. He hopes to train riders to be not only faster, but safer racers. His future plans are to keep training riders and to have the most amount of fun he can doing what he loves.