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Texoma kid heads to France for dirt bike championship

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HENDRIX, Okla. -- Knee pads? Packed.

Boots? Got 'em.

Jace Williams is ready to head to Verdun, France, this week to race in MX Master Kids,  an international motocross tournament where he will be representing the U.S.

"I'm very excited that I've been selected for Team USA," said the 11-year-old from Denison, Texas. "To go be able to go to France, it's just an amazing opportunity."

Jace has won five state titles, which made him an easy pick for the team manager. 

"No kidding: His first full sentence was, 'Dad, take the training wheels off my bicycle,'" said father Jason Williams. "Just a couple months after that, he did his first motorcycle race. We were kind of really surprised, but it's something he's been really passionate about ever since."

It's easy to have that passion when you come from a family of dirt bike riders

"My dad started racing in 1973," Jason Williams said. "He got it in the family. His uncle raced. It's been in the family for generations now." 

The event in France will bring more than 600 kids from 20 different countries to the competition, and despite racing in a division one year ahead of his age, Jace knows what he has to do.

"Just push. If I'm in first, just try to keep that lead and not fall down," he said.

"It's pretty humbling," his dad added. "He's pretty good on a dirt bike, so we're excited to see how well he'll do." 

The MX Master Kids competition begins on July 12 and continues through July 14.

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