2015 AMA ATVMX National Champion
and 10X ATV class Champion
CHRIS FURCHES #47
My name is Chris. I’m your typical 20-year-old…a 2018 high school graduate, who enjoys being with my fiance, listening to music, watching YouTube videos, looking at cars, riding my pit bike and my favorite thing racing ATV Motocross.
So, what’s the reason for all this you may ask? I have a form of Autism called Asperger’s and I race ATV Motocross. I’ve made great strides in life thanks to several factors including support from my family especially my parents who never stopped seeking answers, programs, doctors, therapies and allowing me to try new things giving me every opportunity to find my niche. Yet the greatest impact in my life has been the therapeutic value of racing my ATV.
I’ve met incredible people, gotten to visit incredible places, experienced incredible things, along with conquering incredible challenges all because of the sport of ATV Motocross.
Racing is a part of me and I’m extremely fortunate to have won 10 championships and the first autistic person to win an ATVMX National Championship. All my wins were earned as there are no head starts or rule changes because of having autism. I’ve worked hard, overcame many obstacles, pushed myself outside of my comfort zone to achieve my accomplishments and my level of racing. The sport of ATV Motocross has improved my life in multiple ways from dealing with anxiety to improving my eating and sleeping habits. I'm currently in my 11th year of racing ATV Motocross yet it continues to be just as therapeutic as it was when I first started.
Another important element to my success has been the support from my generous sponsors. My family and I are extremely grateful to my current and those who have supported me in the past.
I truly hope my story will inspire others especially those facing Autism diagnosis’s and/or other mental challenges.
You can read my full story including my diagnosis, racing and more on the “My Journey” tab above.
My race quad is a 2005 Honda TRX 450R with a complete racing built motor and upgrades from these great companies: RATH Racing, Walsh, ELKA Stage 5 shocks done by Blommel Motorsports, CST Tires, GoldSpeed wheels, Fasst Company, ACERBIS, ODI Grips, Rocket Machining and Design, DP Brakes, Vertex Pistons, Cylinder Works, Pivot Works, Hot Cams, All Balls Racing, SSI Decals, Pit Posse, Outlaw Racing Products, Hinson Racing Clutch, FourWerx, Jim's Motorcycle Sales of Johnson City, DASA, Durablue and No Toil Industries.
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