Local Rider Gets X Games Invite


A local motocross rider will compete in a prominent event this weekend. And a recent injury won’t stop him.

Austin Schiermeister, a 2014 graduate of St. Maries High School, was invited to compete in the X Games in Austin, Texas. The X Games are June 4-7. Mr. Schiermeister will race in the pro-class June 5.

“It’s pretty much like the Olympics, but all of the motor sports,” he said. “There are bicycles, skateboards, rally cars, dirt bikes, Endurocross and more.”

Austin Schiermeister has been invited to compete at the X Games in Texas. He will compete in the pro-class for endurocross June 5.

Austin Schiermeister has been invited to compete at the X Games in Texas. He will compete in the pro-class for endurocross June 5.

To compete, a rider must be invited, Mr. Schiermeister said. This is the first time he has ever been invited to compete at the event.

“I’m really excited,” Mr. Schiermeister said. “I’m very excited to go down and see it. I’ve never been to the X Games or even been down to watch.”

Mr. Schiermeister earned his invitation by competing in the AMA Endurocross circuit. Throughout the circuit, riders earn points by competing at various races. Mr. Schiermeister was able to compete at two AMA events this season: the first was March 23 in Salt Lake City and the second was May 1 in Las Vegas.

At the Salt Lake City event, Mr. Schiermeister was sixth in the qualifier for the pro-class and fourth in the amateur open class. He took sixth in the qualifier for the pro-class in Las Vegas and was second in the amateur open class. The finishes ranked Mr. Schiermeister 24th out of 41 racers.

Mr. Schiermeister said usually the top 22 racers are invited to compete at the X Games. However, when someone is unable to go organizers continue down the list.

Big-time Endurocross racers will be at the event this weekend, Mr. Schiermeister said, including Colton Haaker, Cody Webb and Destry Abbott.

As he prepares for the competition, Mr. Schiermeister said he hasn’t put in as much riding as he would like. He fractured the top of his foot about two weeks ago riding at Orofino.

“I’ve been getting on a stationary bike, trying to keep my stamina up,” he said. “I’ve also been working on my bike. There’s been a lot of work to do.”

Mr. Schiermeister has raced since he was six years old. He got his first bike for his fifth birthday.

Austin Schiermeister

Austin Schiermeister

“I love the thrill of seeing new things and competing,” he said. “There’s always a chance to get better.”

Mr. Schiermeister said he would love to race professionally. He thanked his family, friends and girlfriend for their support. He also thanked all of his sponsors including SXS Slideplates, Tim Schiermeister Trucking, Masterson Construction, EKS Brand, Lucas Oil and the 127 Shop.

His mom, Candi Schiermeister, added the whole family is proud of Mr. Schiermeister for his accomplishments.

“This is not only a dream of Austin’s but for his whole family,” she said. “We have watched him work so hard for this. Hard work, dedication, the will, the strength and the heart.”

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