Overcoming one heck of a rough week in Italy:

Kaleb De Keyrel gets the invite of a dream by Aprilia to come to Italy and do a wild card ride at the last round of the Trofeo Cup at Vallelunga Circuit in Campagnano di Roma, Italy. Everything is booked and they are ready to go. 

Monday: Kaleb and Marissa get dropped off at the Houston Airport. Their flight is from Houston to Rome, Italy with a layover in Frankfurt, Germany.

Eric Vallarta (owner of Velocity Calibrations, and Kaleb’s 2021 suspension guy) was flying from Missouri to Chicago, then to Rome, Italy. This is where the story starts to take a turn for the worst. Eric’s PCR test did not come back in time for him to board the plane so Eric was forced to take a flight the next day after his results came in. 

Tuesday: Kaleb and Marissa landed on time and decided to go see tour Rome, eat lunch, then go check into the hotel. Eric boarded his plane in Missouri.

Wednesday: In the morning they went to the airport and picked Eric up and were set to head to the track. They had a few hours before they had to be to the track so Eric wanted to see Rome quick. They parked the rental car and took off. When they got back to the rental car, the window was busted out and everything they owned was gone. Clothes, gear, passports, cash, computers, iPads, camera and camera equipment, etc. Everything but what they were wearing. (The thieves did leave Kaleb’s backpack and one helmet bag) 

Instead of heading to the track for track walk, they headed to the police station. The first station they went to, no one spoke English and they were busy booking an inmate. They were told to go to another station. They filed a report and were told it happens all the time and there’s nothing they can do. They then headed to the track to finish the day. 

Thursday: Erik and Marissa dropped Kaleb off at the track for practice. They headed to the US Embassy to try to get temporary passports to be able to get back home. Kaleb was able to get two sessions in and had never even walked the track. 

Friday: Erik and Marissa were able to get their passports but not Kaleb’s. So they headed back to the US Embassy to get Kaleb a temp passport, forcing him to miss a practice session on track. Kaleb did the final practice of the day and they headed back to the hotel. At this point you are most likely wondering where Kaleb was able to get gear and how he was even riding? Kaleb was wearing Tomasso Marcon’s back up gear and the helmet that the thieves did not steal. 

Saturday: Qualifying day. Q1 was their first session on track and Aprilia had put the USA Livery on Kaleb’s bike for pictures to do the announcement Sunday. He was already trying to get the feel for the tires and now he really did not want to push and crash. He rode conservative and was in 11th after qualifying 1. Aprilia removed the USA Livery for Q2 and Kaleb was set to push. He gave it everything he had and was in 7th for the session but 9th with the overall. 

Sunday: The race was at 12:15 but they were running a little behind, as in the race before a rider had dumped oil all over a section of the track. The safety crew did a quick clean up on the oil and they were ready to race. Kaleb lined up 9th and knew he needed to get a great jump on the start. The light lit up and then went out again and Kaleb launched. He rocketed up into third place and passed a rider going into second in the first turn. By the second corner he was in the lead. They were coming into the corner where the oil was laid down and Kaleb had to drive it in deep to keep the lead. He hit the oil and almost went down. This put him into 4th. He pushed straight back up into second and in the next left hand turn his rear tire let go on him, throwing him into a highside. His race was over. His rear tire had oil on it and caused it to lose traction. He was so disappointed that he could not do more with this opportunity that Aprilia gave him. They thanked everyone from Aprilia, BK Corse, and the CIV and headed to a hotel by the Airport for a flight on Monday. That night Marissa got a text that her SIM was changing phones and then lost all internet connection. After trying to reach ATT, there was nothing being done about it until she got home to the US.

Monday: They get to the airport for their first flight home. This flight took off late, due to weather at Frankfurt, making the arrival for their connection very close to the departure  time from Frankfurt to Houston. They got to the gate and the attendant asked if they were flying to Moscow. They said no, Houston. She said that is back through customs and on the other end of the airport. “What are your names? You better hurry and I will call the gate and let them know you are coming.” said the gate attendant. After rushing to the front of all the lines for passport check, they get to the gate and they closed the doors behind them. With Marissa’s phone no longer working. Kaleb pays for the in flight wifi to text home and line up a ride from the airport. It lasted about a ½ hour and then it quit working. They landed on time at the Houston airport. They are going through customs and they pull Kaleb off to the side because of his temporary passport. He is questioned and then let go. They get in the car to find out the thieves are hacking into bank accounts, financial investments, etc and Marissa still does not have a phone that works. They leave the airport and head straight to AT&T to try to get Marissa’s phone working. The thieves have changed her passwords and have her SIM card still working even after she had locked the account. The first AT&T store says your account is locked and I can not access it. You need to go to a corporate AT&T store. They drive to a corporate AT&T store and they try but say we cannot do anything because you have the fraud lock on your account. Marissa asked the gentleman, “Then how are the thieves still using the SIM they accessed and stole.” The gentleman at the store had her call the fraud department back. They explained the situation and had to remove the fraud alert from the account to get her phone on another SIM. They got her phone working and the gentleman at the store told her to call and put the fraud alert back right away and put the block back on the account so they could watch for suspicious activity. Marissa called on the way home and had it put back on. They no longer pulled into the driveway and she was getting text messages that they were trying to activate a different SIM on her account. This is going to be the amazing trip of a lifetime that will never end……… But not in a good way. 

All things considered. These two did an amazing job at this race. Job well done. 

(Note: They were to leave for Daytona on Wednesday for that race but with all the events that have happened and things need to be taken care of. Kaleb will not be racing The Race Of Champions at Daytona this fall.) 

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Texplex Round 8 ( 9-25-2020 )

I had already been missing a lot of school so my dad decided we would not 

do Friday Practice so I would not miss another day. This meant we had to 

leave the house at 3:15 am in order to make to Texplex in time for Saturday

morning practice. My dad had the tough part as he had to drive. I just go in 

and went back to sleep. 

When we arrived at Texplex it was still dark. We got unloaded and ready for

practice. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley

After practice we had the riders meeting. It is always cool how Tex Honors 

Our Military, Firefighter, EMT’s, Law Enforcement, etc. and then does the 

National Anthem and Pledge The Legends. At Round 8 they had something 

Special planned……. They honored to Military Veterans that race with the 

Outlaw Racing Series with full paid entry for their races in the 2022 season. 

It was very cool.                Kyle Bedoow and Justin Moore

( Photo Bomb by Hunter Miller ) 

First up for me was the 1000 12+ Limited class. I had to start all the way on 

the outside. I got a good jump in my 2021 Honda Talon but it was not 

enough. I was pushed to the outside and had to take the long way around. I

was in 8th place. I knew I was going to have to push and make quick 

passes. I got up into 4th and 1-3 were already way out. I was not able to 

reel them in.

My second race of the day was the 1000 12+ Stock Class. In this race we 

are the third drop. Womens Expert first drop, Womens Amatuer second 

drop, then us. I got a great jump and took the holeshot. I pushed as hard to 

catch the womens amatuer competitors. I ended up catching them while 

still in a group. It made it tough to get by them. I got lucky and was able to 

make it happen quick. It was great to get a WIN. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley

For my second race in the Limited class I need to get a way better start. I 

was lined up right in the middle of the starting line. I set my launch control 

and the starter through the flag. I dropped the paddle shifters and launched 

forward. I got boxed in within the first three feet. My start was one 

competitor better in this race. I was sitting in 7th. This was not what I 

needed as Kaden, Jaden and Lane were driving really well. I was able to 

get up to the point where I might be able to start to battle with them and the 

race was already over. I ended up with 4th overall in the 1000 12+ Limited 

class. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

The second race of the 1000 12+ Stock class I was sleeping at the start. 

My dad’s words…. I went into the first turn in third place and started to 

charge to the front. After I was leading my class I was already into the 

Amatuer Womens class. I pushed my way through them without trying to 

mess up any of their race. 

It was a fun day of racing at Texplex for the Outlaw Racing Series. Time to 

load up and get home. Have to unload as soon as we get home and load 

up for the last round of the District 20 Motocross Series at Rio Bravo. 

Thank You to my Sponsors for making it possible: GOD, Progressive 

Powersports, Jsportsxs, PPEI, FOX, Double E Racing, Maxxis Tires, 

Method Wheels, Bell Racing, Tagger Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI 

Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco, Motive Engineering           

Check out www.DeKeyrelRacing.com 

Photo Credit ( Harlen Foley ) 

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TexPlex Round 7. ( 8-28-2021 )

Texplex Round 7 really started off the day after round 6. 

We got the car all washed up still on the trailer as we had no way to even 

get it off. Then we headed to TurnKey Industries to see the Owner Joe 

Nepoleon. Joe was kind enough to help us make sure the frame was 

straight and help us get things back into shape. Adam at JSportsxs 

got to making suspension parts first thing Monday morning so they could

get them out to us. Tuesday morning David and David at Progressive 

PowerSports put the order into Honda so we could get those parts coming 

also. I called and talked to Aaron at ABF fabrication about the cage and 

getting a new one. Everything came together and the last piece of the 

puzzle was brake lines from George at Double E Racing.  Then getting 

it on the Motive Engineering plates to make sure everything was back 

straight and true. 

We made it. It was race day for Round 7 of the Texas Outlaw Series. 

Round 7 was the Max Brill Memorial race and Maxxed Performance was 

sponsoring the Vet class for the day. ( Max loved racing and I am sure he 

Was looking down enjoying every minute of it ) 

First up for me was the 12+ 1000 Limited class. I was in third off the start 

and started to push to get to the front. By the fourth lap I was in the lead 

with lots of pressure from behind. I stayed focused and was able to hold 

them off for the win. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley )

Next up was the 12+ 1000 STK class. I went into turn one in second place. 

I was pushing really hard and Jace was staying in front of me. I was 

studying his line and where he was strong. We were the third drop for this 

race so as we were racing we were also passing through the womens 

amature racers.  I was coming up on one of them right as we were going to 

hit Mount Medilotian. The largest Jump on the track. My dad said the track 

is 30 feet wide don’t lift. 

( So cool Harlen was able to get this photo ) 

Then on lap three I saw my break. I made an outside pass to put myself 

into first. Jace stayed right with me the rest of the race pushing me the 

entire way. It was so much fun. 

Next race for me was back to the 12+ 1000 Limited class. I new this race 

was going to be tough. There are a lot of good young drivers in it. I am also 

running my same STK class Honda Talon in this race so I am down a little 

on HP and stability. But no complaining. I am going to push myself for the 

win again. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

I was in about third in the first turn and I made a mistake on the exist 

causing me to fall back into fifth. I was able to get into 2nd by the end of the 

second lap. Kaden was in the lead and pulling away. I pushed as hard as I 

could setting my fastest lap of the weekend in this race. Kaden was driving 

awesome running really fast laps and I was not able to real him in. I ended 

up with a 1-2 score and Kaden with a 2-1. So the overall would go to 

Kaden. I drove as hard as I could so I was happy with the second overall 

in the 12+ 1000 Limited class. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

Next up was the second to last race of the day. The 12+ 1000 STK class. I 

pulled the holeshot and never looked back. I stayed focused on picking the 

womens amatuer racers off one at a time. At one point I caught three of 

them in a battle themselves so it was a way outside pass to get by and not

mess up their battle either. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley

I had an absolute blast at Round 7 of the Texas Outlaw Series. The Max 

Brill Memorial Race. None of this would have been possible without my 

Sponsors and everyone who helped out: GOD, Progressive Powersports, 

Jsportsxs, PPEI, FOX, Double E Racing, Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, 

​Bell Racing, Tagger Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI 

Radio’s, Sparco, Motive Engineering, Turnkey Industries          

Check out www.DeKeyrelRacing.com 

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Texplex Round 6: ( 7-17-2021 )

The weekend started with setting up on Friday and getting ready for 

practice. We had a great day of practice and I was running some really 

good times. 

  Photo Credit Harlen Foley

We made a quick video to talk safety gear and promote Axcel Sports and 

their suits and gloves. After that everything was prepped and prepared for

Saturday’s races. Then we loaded everything into the orange conex box for 

the night. It is awesome that Progressive Power Sports has three of these 

their team members can use. We only have an open trailer so we are 

thankful to be able to lock everything up at night. 

Saturday Morning Started with practice at 7:00 am and then straight into 

Pro Qualifying. After Qualifying was complete. Tex and Brian had the riders

Meeting. Brian announced the new name of the series as the Texas Outlaw 

Series. 

My first race up was the 1000 LTD 12 + Class. The Texas Outlaw Series 

had decided to use the long start for this race weekend. That is why this 

pictures looks different than others in the past. I got a great jump and was 

in second place going into the first turn. 

(Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

I was able to make the pass into the lead before the end of the first lap. 

They kept me honest the entire race. This class has great competition in it. 

The limited rules allow Sway Bars, Exhaust, Tunes, Quickeners etc. Just

no internal engine work. This opens it up for a lot more drives. I was able

to take the win in my stock class car so I was feeling really good about 

the day. 

Up next for me was the 1000 STK 12+ race. I was ready and focused on 

trying to get the win………….. I only made it about another 300 feet past 

this picture. Another driver hit me in my left rear tire and started to turn me.

I was completely sideways with him pushing on my side when we went 

down into a roller. This caused my right side tires to hook and we both 

started tumbling. I think I flipped about 5 or 6 times and ended up way off 

the track by the water on my side. I was waiting for them to come flip me 

back over so I could go. Quinn from Progressive was one of the first guys   

there. He asked me if I was ok. I told him to flip me over. He said you car is

done bud…. They had me get out of the car and flipped it back on what 

was left of the wheels. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley

All of the time that had been put in to make sure the car was safe paid off. 

My dad had specced a Great American Short Course Legal cage for ABF 

to build which had higher standards than an average aftermarket cage. 

Using 120 wall tubing instead of 80 thousands. There were also specific 

places where tubes had to go. It was a good thing as the cage still came 

in contact with my Bell Helmet and broke it in the crash. 

As you can see this ended my day and maybe my season. We will see 

if we can get a frame and parts to start a build up again. Not sure how 

quickly we will be able to pull it off as for cost and parts availability. I really 

want to thank all my sponsors who have helped me get this far and helped 

me stay safe in this incident. Sparco seat and steering wheel. All still 

intact and did their job. HMF nerf bars. Kept it from crushing in the sides.

ABF cage. It kept me safe and did not completely crush in. Bell Helmets. 

The Helmet broke on top and I was completely fine. That’s amazing. 

Thank You to all of you that support me and believe in me. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley

GOD, Progressive Powersports, Jsportsxs, PPEI, FOX, 

Double E Racing, Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, ​Bell Racing, Tagger 

Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco, ABF, 

Motive Engineering          Check out www.DeKeyrelRacing.com 

Waiting to see what we can pull off. Thank You GOD for this opportunity.

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Levi De Keyrel WINS 2 classes at Round 5

6-19-2021

The weekend started off with Friday practice from 11:00-1:00. Then it was 

time to get my Honda Talon all cleaned up and fitted with some Fresh 

Maxxis SC-1 tires and Method Race Wheels. 

Saturday Morning starts off with a few laps of practice then straight into the 

drivers meeting. Tex with Octane Media does a great job with announcing 

all day long and making sure at the drivers meeting we alway sing the  

national anthem, State The Pledge The Legions and Thanks all who have 

served. Brian with Butter Supply Co. announced that he has purchased the 

series and he has big things planned. 

First race up for me was the 1000 STK 12+ class. I got a great jump and 

Jace made an awesome move up the inside of me and took the lead. I 

knew I had to make a quick pass and get into the lead. I made my move 

and focused on fast clean laps. It was so much fun. 

Harlen Foley ( Photo Credit )

My second race of the day was a new class that was just added this 

weekend. It is the 1000 Limited 12+ class. This class allows you to add HP

with exhaust, intakes, programming etc. Sway Bars are legal and some 

other stuff. I was just running my 1000 STk class Talon. 

I got a terrible start and was sitting in second to last going into the second 

corner. The dust was flying and I was focused on making passes. When 

we came around to start the second lap I had worked my was up into 3rd 

place. I continued to push and make clean fast passes. I got into the lead 

and just kept focused on clean fast laps. I was able to hold on to take the 

WIN. It was time to try and cool off from the 100 degree Texas heat. 

Harlen Foley ( Photo Credit )

After the break, it was time for moto 2 of the 1000 STK class. I did not get a 

very good start and was sitting in 3rd. I made up my mind I was going to be 

leading by the time we came around for the start of the second lap. I was 

able to make two quick passes and take the lead. After that I just focused 

on clean fast laps and was able to get the WIN for first overall with a 1-1.

There was only one race and we were right back on the line for moto 2 of 

the 1000 Limited Class. I don’t know what it was with my starts but I again 

found myself near the back. I got hit so hard in the first turn it knocked my 

steering loose. I hit my PCI radio push to talk button to let my dad know. He 

said to just push through it as long as it stays together. I put on a charge for 

the front. 

It was so much fun battling and making passes. I worked into the lead and 

started to put in laps. With one lap to go my dad radioed me and let me 

know TJ was making a charge and that I better run a fast lap. I wanted the 

win as TJ was second in the first race so a 2-1 would have gave him the 

overall. We both ran our fastest lap of the race on the last lap and I was 

able to maintain my lead over him for the win. TJ put up a great fight. I think 

he was even late to the start. So a great drive by him. 

Had so much fun at Round 5 of the Texplex Racing Series by Butter 

Supply. Can’t wait for round 6. None of this would be possible without these 

Great sponsors. GOD, Progressive Powersports, Jsportsxs, PPEI, FOX, 

Double E Racing, Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, ​Bell Racing, Tagger 

Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco, ABF, 

Motive Engineering 

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Kaleb De Keyrel WINS at Road America

AT ROAD AMERICA POLE POSITION AND SOLO VICTORY FOR KALEB DE KEYREL,

NOW LEADER OF THE TWINS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

The Aprilia RS 660 continues to win and amaze in the hard-fought Twins category of the US MotoAmerica championship:

already the protagonist at the beginning of May of a sensational debut in the inaugural race in Atlanta, with three Italian bikes

in the first three positions, this weekend the brand new mid-range sports bike from Noale scored another success on the demanding

Road America circuit at Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin.

A confirmation of the dynamic and engine qualities of the RS 660, homologated just before the start of the championship and now

already among the favorites for the final victory of the prestigious US series for twin-cylinder bikes.

Kaleb De Keyrel, riding his RS 660 prepared by the Robem Engineering team, was the author of a weekend of dominance,

he first obtained the pole position with a margin of over 8 tenths of a second place, then in the race he kept an unapproachable

pace for his opponents, crossing the finish line with almost 8″ of gap on Jackson Blackmon (Yamaha).

Thanks to this success, his second of the season, De Keyrel has also taken the lead in the overall standings with 76 points,

10 more than his closest rival, Chris Parrish (Suzuki).

“I felt comfortable right from the start with my Aprilia. It felt great being able to go out and put down quick laps right away, t

hat helped me feel comfortable to push the bike more at the start of Qualifying 2 on Saturday, and we were able to go quite

a bit faster than everyone else. Drafting is a huge factor here at Road America with its long straightaways. I knew I was going

to have to put my head down from the start and try to break the draft. I was able to do that pretty quickly and was able to focus

on just being smooth and smart with the lead I had. The Aprilia RS 660 handled like a dream: it was easily the most comfortable

I’ve felt on the bike.”

Aprilia RS 660, launched last October, is revolutionizing the concept of sportiness, it is so light and effective between the curves that,

although designed to be used daily on the road, it is capable of transforming itself with a few changes into an extremely fast and fun bike

between the curbs. The dynamic qualities, the rigour of the frame, the reduced weight and the exciting performance of the new

100 HP twin-cylinder engine enhance the driving pleasure of a motorcycle that, after being one of the most eagerly awaited novelties,

has proved to be fun and enjoyable, able to give emotions in every situation of use.

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Texplex Round 4: 5-8-2021

The weekend started off with Friday practice sessions running from 10-1pm

We were able to get 4 – 10 lap practices in. The goal for the day was to get 

up to speed quicky and then try to improve on it. We were able to 

accomplish this and got everything cleaned up for the races on Saturday 

morning. It was nice to get to the hotel early and be able to relax a little. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley )

Saturday started out with 1000cc practice from 7:30-8:00am. I went out and 

Ran 5 laps just to make sure I could push myself back up to pace quickly. I 

headed off to the 8:30 Drivers meeting and the crew started to get my 

Honda Talon 1000R washed and prepped for the race. 

(Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

Race 1: 

I was staged to the inside to try to get the hole shot. I moved up to the line 

with my class as we were the third wave to go. The starter had me inch up

closer to the line and we were ready to go. They through the flag and I 

dropped the paddle shifters and it hesitated to go. I rounded the first corner

in third place and knew I was going to need to make a quick pass. As we 

came up to Mount Midlothian I new I had to not check up and launch it to 

get by. I sayed in the gas and made the pass into second place. 

By this time Jaden had gapped me a little bit. I put on the charge to try to 

real him in. I could see I was catching him and made the pass on the third 

lap going into the first turn. After the pass I pushed as hard as I could to get 

away and focused forward on the class that had dropped in front of us. I 

worked on catching them and passing quickly to not lose time on the 

pass. 

After the race we talked about what was happening on the start and came 

up with a plan to see what was affecting the launch.

Race 2: 

I lined up to the inside again and was determined to get the hole shot. The 

Expert Women dropped first, Then Amatuer Women. It was our turn to 

move up to the line.  This time I made sure I was all the way up as to not 

have to inch up. I set my Launch control and the flag was thrown. I got an

awesome launch and pulled the hole shot. 

Photo Credit Harlen Foley 

I focused on running the smoothest, fastest laps I could. The track was 

getting rutted and rough. So smooth and consistent was going to be the 

key. I kept looking ahead to catch the next person in front of me on track. 

Then focused on a quick pass without changing my momentum. I really like 

how Texplex is dropping the other classes in front of us now. We always 

have someone around us to battle with. 

It was a super fun weekend. The track was awesome and really rutted up 

for race 2. The class is growing and so are the entries at Texplex with 200 

plus racers for the day. Happy to get the win and Thankful for everyone 

Who supports my efforts. Without you it would not be possible. Also 

Thankfull for the sponsors of Texplex. Making this possible for them to be 

able to keep having such fun events. If you are a sponsor for Texplex 

Thank You.

( Tex doing an Interview after with Levi Photo Credit Harlen Foley

Thank You to all my sponsors for making this possible. GOD, Progressive 

Powersports, PPEI, Jsportsxs, FOX, Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, ​

Bell Racing, Tagger Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI 

Radio’s, Sparco, ABF  

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TexPlex Round 3 is in the books: (4-18-2021)

Mountains of MUD: Before we even get started….. Awesome Job by the 

Texplex Staff for even pulling this race off. It had poured for two days 

straight leading up to the race. The racers that were already there sunk in 

the mud and the ones that were not there yet. Could not even get into the 

parking area. The texplex crew bladed mud off, pulled people out for hours. 

This was all before anyone even hit the track. 

They had even put time into streamlining 

sign up. They had pre filled out forms ready to sign and keep the line 

moving quickly. So appreciated. 

The race definitely had a different feel to it as people were spread out all 

over. We had the unknown of how the track would be but the racing action

did not disappoint. 

(Photo Credit Harlen Foley )

Levi chose not to practice and get his Ride Progressive, Jsportsxs Honda 

Talon 1000R all weighed down with mud. So Moto1 was the first time he 

was seeing the track. He did not get the best of starts but pushed as hard 

as he could to make up ground. It was his first time racing on the Maxxis 

Ceros tires and as you can see the traction of these tires was AMAZING in 

the mud. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

He worked his way through not only his class but also some of the 

Amuatuer Girls competitors that dropped in front of them and ended up 

finishing second. 

Everything was cleaned prepped and ready for moto2. Levi made the 

decision to go back to the Maxxis SC-1 tire for this moto as the track was 

tacking up. 

Levi got a great jump and Jaden Lindamood just edge him out going into 

the first turn. Levi pushed hard to make the pass and move himself into 

First. 

The battle was on. Ryder Vanbeekum was able to work his way into first 

and left Levi and Jaden to battle it out for second. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

It was going to come down to the last lap. Levi was running in second and 

Jaden made an aggressive move to push Levi out of the way and into 

second. Levi was not done yet and was determined to get him back. They 

were door to door all the way through the last lap. Coming into the second 

to last corner. Levi had an amazing drive coming in. He was pushing so 

hard he was airborne mid straightway off a big bump. 

( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)

Levi stayed on the gas deep into the corner on the inside to take second 

place back with one corner to go. 

Congratulations to all the drivers. They did an awesome job. Texplex 

had Bootsy doing interviews with the drivers all day. So that was a nice 

touch for the weekend as well. Always good to give these young drivers 

experience at all aspects of the sport. Including interviews. 

Thank You to all my sponsors for making this possible. You guys are 

awesome for getting behind a kid who has never raced a SXS before. 

GOD, Progressive Powersports, PPEI, Jsportsxs, FOX Suspension, 

Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, ​Kartek Off Road, Bell Racing,

Tagger Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco 

ABF 

Can’t wait for round 4 of the Texplex Racing Series

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TexPlex Race Series Round 2: 3-13-2021

The weekend started out on Friday Morning with the 3 hr drive to TexPlex.

It was kind of nice because we did not have to leave way early in the 

morning. My dad and I got on the road at 7:00am and arrived at the track 

about 10:00am. The office help at Texplex was organized and had 

everything ready for a quick sign in. We head over to the Progressive 

Powersports pit area and started to set up. ( It is great to have an area that 

is saved and they offer AMAZING hospitality on race weekends.  Bobby, 

David, Quinn and the rest of the guys go all out for the team. ) 

12:00 noon hit and it was time for practice. 

I was having a blast with the new track layout and was able to get some 

valuable laps in infront of, with and behind Eddie Ensign. Eddie is new to 

the sport in the amatuer class but really smooth and supper fast. It was 

great to try to learn a little from him while I was around him. I set my fastest 

lap of the weekend while running with Eddie. Practiced wrapped up for the 

day formy group and it was time to clean up and great ready for race day. 

Thanks to Mr. Ensign and George White of Double E Racing I had 

Jambalaya for the first time. It was really good. 

Sunday morning we were on track at 7:00am for practice. The Texplex crew

had both their water trucks break during the day. That did not stop them. 

They had two water trucks delivered and water all night. It was the best we 

have ever seen the track. ( Just started this year ) Tons of grip with 

moisture coming up out of the track. In practice the grip was awesome. 

The Texplex crew hit the track again with water after practice was 

complete and I was in the first race. While we were sitting on the line they 

were still watering out in the back section. So I knew that was still going to 

be slippery. 

The 12+ 1000cc STK class was set to be the third drop. The womens 

Experts were the first drop. Womens Amateurs second drop.  Then us. 

I had a terrible start as I thought I jumped so I let off and then went again to 

not get penalized. Everyone said I had nailed it if I would have just stayed 

in it but I didn’t. I was in second place and Jace was driving really good. I 

knew I needed to get around him fast as we would catch some of the class 

in front of us. I made the pass into first and just worked on consistent laps. 

Trying to look ahead and plan my passes before I got to the next driver. 

Jace and I both passed all the class that dropped in front of us but the 

leader. We did not catch her. She drove a great race. I was fun having 

them out in front of us. 

In the second race I am not sure what I did but it bogged right after the line. 

I went into the first turn in third. I knew I had my work cut out for me. I 

passed into second and was pushing really hard to get Jace. I was right on 

him and he braked earlier then I thought he was going to. I swarved to go 

around him and spun on the again freshly water track right before our race. 

I got back going and it took me almost the entire lap to work back into 

second place. Jace now had a good jump on me and was driving really 

good. We were working through the class in front of us and I was really 

working to close the gap. Just before the white flag I was able to make the 

pass for first. I wanted to run the fastest lap I could to try to get away. 

( Photo Credits to Harlen Foley )

Jace was able to stay right with me and we continued to pass through the 

class in front of us. I was able to hold on for the win but really had to work 

for it after that mistake on the first lap and the poor starts. Thankful for the

Win in this one. 

Time to get some practice in to be more prepared for round 3. 

Levi De Keyrel #53

2021 Honda Talon 1000R 

Age 11

Montgomery TX 

Instagram: LeviTripp53, De_Keyrel_Racing 

www.DeKeyrelRacing.com

Have an AMAZING day and GOD Bless

Thank You to all my sponsors: GOD, Progressive Powersports, PPEI, 

Jsportsxs, FOX Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, ​Kartek Off 

Road, Bell Racing, Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco  

ABF Fabrication, Double E Racing

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TexPlex Round 1: 3-6-2021

The hype was built. The weather was perfect and the time was finally here 

for Texplex Round 1 of the 2021 season. 

We try to be prepared as best as we can be for race day, so there is very 

little to do on race day. With all the time we had you would think we could 

be ready, but that was not the case. We had been waiting on our time slot 

for the race cage to get built since the first week of December and our slot 

was the week of Feb 22. My dad dropped my Honda Talon off Monday 

morning when ABF Fabrication opened to give them the most time. The

Cage was one of the things we really felt we needed completed. My dad

spec’ed the cage to be built to the new 2021 GAS racing series rules as 

they are using the Lucas Oil Rules and they were the most stringent out

of all the series. 

Friday Morning, we left the house at 4:00am. So thankful I got to sleep in 

the backseat of the truck while my dad drove. We were headed to pick the 

Talon up and then head to Texplex to get some testing in. We got to ABF 

to pick the car up when they opened. The cage looks great and they got it 

about 90% complete. They were going to have to get us the rock guard at 

a later date. My dad installed the numbers on the roof and the sick new 

number plates that ABF made for us. We went to load the car and notice 

the steering had jumped and was way off. My dad called Quinn at 

Progressive Powersports and he said he would bring a computer to the 

track and everything needed to fix it. The Progressive Guys are 

AWESOME! While my dad was pulling the suspension to get it to George at 

Double E Racing to re-spring, Quinn was reprogramming the steering rack 

on my Talon and found a connection that was not plugged back in after 

welding on the cage. Everything was back together and it was time to hit 

the track.

I got two good sessions in and was going to go back out and test one more

thing. I was on the last lap and they had started to put water down with the 

water truck. I came into a corner they had just watered. I turned the wheel 

and just continued to go straight. I got stopped and back up to get back on 

the track. I hit something and it popped my left rear tire, so I limped it back 

to the pit area. My dad prepped the car and started installing the New 

Maxxis tires for race day and he noticed I had bent the upper rear arm. We 

had the parts, but they were at home, a 3-½ hour drive each way. My mom 

threw the parts in her car and started driving to meet us. We packed up and 

headed to check Jeff into our hotel room as he had over jumped Mt.

Midlothian and hurt his back. We met my mom and got the parts. So 

thankful for her meeting us and saving us some driving.  We started 

driving again back to the track.  We got to the track and my dad started to 

fix it and I again was sleeping in the backseat of the truck. My dad got it all 

back together and we headed to the hotel to check on Jeff and get some 

sleep. 

Its Race Day: 

The event was huge with 205 entries from all over the USA and 

thousands of spectators/ fans. They had a huge vender row and pro 

parking area leading into the main pits. It was a pretty cool setup. 

I went out and did about 4 laps just to check the car out and make sure it 

was right. It felt great and we were ready. 

My first Moto was race 5 of the day for the 12+ 1000 NA STK class. I had 

first gate pick and picked about 4 gates over from the inside. No one lined 

up inside of me and I pulled the holeshot. From there I just put down 

consistent laps and tried to push to improve my lap times. I was blessed

with the win in the first race and all the hard work was paying off. 

Moto 2 I again lined up first and pulled into the same spot. This time I had a

competitor to the inside of me. I got a great jump, but was not far enough 

ahead to cut over. I had two options chop the throttle and try to cut up 

under him or take the long way around. The next corner was a left hander 

so the long way around would put me to the inside. I kept into the gas and 

we both charged into the second turn side by side and drag raced to the 

next jump. I got caught outside again in the corner after the jump and filed 

in behind him to watch his lines. I knew they had shortened the race by a 

lap, so I needed to pass quick to get into the lead. He was doing a great job 

of protecting the inside line, so in a fast left hand sweeper I made the pass 

on the outside taking the long way around and just did not let up. 

After getting by, I put my head down and ran my fastest lap of the weekend.

I had so much fun and going 1-1 for the day was just a huge bonus. I even 

got interviewed by Courtney Prost.

Can’t wait for round 2 of the TexPlex race series coming up this weekend.

Thank You to all my sponsors for making this possible. You guys are 

awesome for getting behind a kid who has never raced a SXS before. 

GOD, Progressive Powersports, PPEI, Jsportsxs, FOX Suspension, 

Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, ​Kartek Off Road, Bell Racing,

Tagger Designs,  Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco 

ABF

Photo Credits to Halen Foley

Levi De Keyrel #53

2021 Honda Talon 1000R 

Age 11

Montgomery TX 

Instagram: LeviTripp53, De_Keyrel_Racing 

www.DeKeyrelRacing.com

Have an AMAZING day and GOD Bless

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