Exeter teacher wins Pro-Am championship

By Andrea Camarena

Exeter teacher Paul Temmerman's weekends aren't completely consumed by grading and creating lesson plans. Every couple weeks he suits up, puts on his helmet, climbs onto his dirtbike and speeds over monstrous dirt mounds on his way to motocross championships.

Known at Exeter Community Day School as "Mr. Temmerman," Paul travels with his two younger brothers, Dieter, 25, and Simon, 23, to Motocross races throughout California.

On March 20, the first day of Spring, the Temmermans competed at the Pacific Coast Pro-Am Championship races at the Tulare Cycle Park in Tulare.

Competing amongst 400 California-based riders, Paul competed in both the 250 Pro-Moto and the Pro-Am Championship race. He took first place in both races to win combined prize money of $360.

The event was the third part of a six-race series that takes place in six towns up and down the state.

The next two races will take place at Turlock and Hanford in April.

In the final race of the day, the Pro-Am Championship, the top 20 riders from the qualifying races that day faced off. Two of the three brothers qualified for the championship race. Paul took first place in the eight-lap race. Dieter followed him to take second after crashing at the start of the course.

To qualify for that championship race, Paul took first place in the 250 Pro-Moto 5-lap race while Dieter took fourth after mistakingly pulling off a lap too early.

In the previous race event in the series, the brothers traveled to Porterville where Paul also took first place in the Pro-Am Championship race. Dieter followed in third place.

They will now travel to Turlock for the second to last event before the National race.

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