Chico Man wins $15K in drone racing

Some are calling drone racing the sport of the future and for one Chico man, it's helped him score big money.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 9:13 AM
Updated: Mar 6, 2019 9:38 AM

CHICO, Calif. - It's the spectacle taking off at a stadium near you: Drone racing. The activity is a ticket for serious flyers to first class living, as Chico pilot Joshua Becka will tell you.

Becka just bagged $15,000 competing in the Drone Racing League Championships. He landed third place. 

"I'm kind of person who wants to get first every time," Becka said. "I'm very competitive, but I'm happy with third. I got a podium finish."

Becka tells us his main strategy is lots of practice. He spent 600 hours in the past six months, training for the Championships alone. To qualify for the actual competition, he races in a digital racing simulator against thousands of other drone enthusiasts around the world. 

"I hope to compete again next year, and take first at trials," Becka says. 

Drone racing has been broadcast on ESPN and Fox Sports. The league estimates they reached over 50 million global broadcast viewers in the first two seasons back in 2016.

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