Courtesy of MX Sports
HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2016) - The 35th Annual Rocky
Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented
by AMSOIL, crowned the first 21 National Champions on Friday as the
second to last day of racing took place in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
The historic Loretta Lynn Ranch presented near perfect race conditions
with the typical hot and humid conditions that the AMA Amateur National
is known for.
The fourth day of racing kicked off with the remainder of the second
motos. In the 65 (7-11) division Matthew LeBlanc took home the moto win
and control of the championship standings. After a 32nd place in the
first moto, Cole Harley came back strong to claim the 250 C victory.
After landing just short of the first moto win in the Schoolboy 2
(13-16) division, Jordan Bailey had his eyes set on the top spot of the
box. After grabbing the holeshot, Bailey continued to ride smooth and
produced some of the fastest lap times of the week. With his biggest
competition of Garrett Marchbanks right on his rear, Bailey maintained
his focus all the way until the finish. Marchbanks and Tanner Stack
began to fade back on the fourth lap but hold their positions for second
first National title of 2016 was presented to Ryan Surratt in the
College (16-24) class after his trio of podium finishes, while Jett
Reynolds earned his seventh National Championship. Robbie Reynard was
well on his way to earning the National Championship on a 125 two-stroke
until his bike blew up on the last lap. Michael Stryker's impressive
performance throughout the week set him up to steal the championship
away in the highly contested Junior 25+ class.
The 250 A division was anything but predictable. Top rider Chase
Sexton was shuffled back in the pack and sat in the 24th position at the
conclusion of the first lap. As Sexton was working his way through the
pack he faced yet another issue when he washed out and fell right by the
finish line. Fortunately for Sexton he only lost one position and was
hard charging once he recovered where managed to pass three competitors
in only two turns, but at the end of the moto Sexton's hard charge
wasn't enough to top Bradley Taft's consistency. Taft would claim the
highly coveted 250 A championship with a 1-2-1 moto score.
one of the best races of the day was in the Senior 45+ class between
Terry Bostard and Jay Wagner. Bostard jumped out to the early lead, but
his success would not last long when Wagner block passed him right
before the famed 10 Commandments. Bostard struggled to get his bike
started and by the time he took off he was outside the top twenty. With
only laps remaining Bostard had not only worked his way into a podium
position but had his eyes set on Wagner who was just a mere bike length
away. Bostard put a last minute charge on to pass Wagner back in the
same exact turn he was taken out in and to earn the National
a total of four different leaders and multiple lead changes the 250 B
class was nothing short of exciting. With no surprise, Jordan Bailey was
the frontrunner as soon as the gate dropped, but Mitchell Falk launched
over the roller and moved into the lead on the second lap. Before he
knew it Falk was accompanied by Dylan Walsh. The duo came together and
Falk seemed to have some issues as the moto wore on from the run-in.
Bailey soon made a reappearance and exchanged the lead with Walsh. While
the focus remained on the battle for the lead Jake Masterpool was
creeping into a podium finish, and before anyone noticed Masterpool had
blasted right by to earn the moto win. Bailey would continue riding
smart to earn a podium which vaulted him to the top to claim the
esteemed Open Pro Sport competed in their second moto where Sean
Cantrell grabbed the Bell Helmets Holeshot Award. His biggest
competition, Chase Sexton, disappeared after endoing over the tunnel
jump. Bradley Taft was nowhere to be found on the first lap where he sat
outside of the top thirty. Sexton quickly returned to the front after
his crash where Cantrell rode a solid race and held off Sexton for a
total of five laps until Sexton made the pass and continued to lead the
way until the checkered flag flew. Cantrell and Lorenzo Locurcio rounded
out the second moto podium.
fastest ladies in motocross took to the track for their third and final
moto to end the day. After a tough first two motos Kylie Fasnacht
returned to her winning ways, but Brandy Richards played it safe to earn
the Women's All-Star (16+) title and Jordan Jarvis reigning victorious
as the Women 14+ class champion.
The third and final moto racing action resumes tomorrow, Saturday,
August 6, and RacerTV continues with live streaming coverage beginning
at 8:30 a.m. EST/ 7:30 a.m. CDT. Wednesday's archived coverage is now available on RacerTV.com, to view the racing action from day two please click HERE. Complete results from the 2016 AMA Amateur National can be found HERE.
The 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross
Championship concludes tomorrow, August 6, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
For additional information, visit the official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101. Also follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for exclusive content and to catch the latest news.
About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing
program. The national qualifying program consists of 55 Area Qualifiers
(February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June),
hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The
qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in
August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star
Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt
to qualify in 37 classes for the 1,482 available positions at the
National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation," the
National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in
professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James
Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey. The national program is
produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production
company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
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