HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. (July 31, 2019) – The 2019 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, officially started yesterday, July 30, from the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. As the day began, cloudy but humid conditions greeted the riders as they lined up for the start of racing.
The first moto was off the gate at 7:30 a.m. with Vet 30+ racers featuring past year’s top competitors like Taylor Painter, Chad Wages and Darin Downs. Coming out on top when the checkered flag flew would be Virginia’s Nicholas Hayes. Following was Darin Downs with Jeff Loop rounding out the first moto one podium of the AMA Amateur National. The second gate drop of the day would be the 450 B class, where Matthew LeBlanc would come through to capture the moto one victory.
As the 85cc (10-11) Limited class took off it would be Drew Adams would grab the early lead with Thor Powell and Jeremy Fappani following. Haiden Deegan would work his way through the pack after starting mid-pack, but Daxton Bennick would also be on a mission throughout the moto. Deegan would gain the lead on the fourth lap with Bennick making it up to second place by the fifth lap. Deegan and Bennick would battle back-and-forth with Bennick making the pass for the lead on the eighth lap. Bennick would hold onto the lead until the checkered flag flew with Deegan and Adams rounding out the top three.
When the 250 B Limited class took off it was Mason Gonzales leading the way from start to finish as he clinched the moto one win in his class. Preston Kilroy worked his way up from a 15th place start to finish second, with Hunter Yoder battling over the third place position. Landen Gordon in the 65cc (10-11) Limited class would also find himself in the first place position throughout the duration of the race, with Luke Fauser and William Mercure coming through second and third to make up the moto one top three.
The 250 B class took off at 1:30 p.m. with Kawasaki’s Stilez Robertson grabbing the early lead. Robertson would be unchallenged throughout the moto, earning his first moto win of the day. Coming in behind Robertson was Suzuki’s Dilan Schwartz for second with Yamaha’s Jarrett Frye rounding out the podium.
As the gate dropped for the 250 Pro Sport class it was KTM’s Tyson Johnson grabbing the Bell Helmets holeshot award. After the pack made it through the first couple of turns, it was Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll moving into the second place position with Honda’s Jett Lawrence moving into third. Johnson and Swoll continued to battle with Johnson closing the door on Swoll through the ten commandments. Swoll would take the inside line, but Johnson throttled through to retake the lead. As the duo battled, Lawrence was sitting within striking distance.
Swoll would get the inside line as they headed into the ten commandments once again, and this time he would make the pass on Johnson stick. Lawrence would work on getting around Johnson, and just like that Swoll would go down and Lawrence would grab the number one position. Johnson continued running in second with Hardy Munoz making his move from fourth to third. Honda’s Carson Mumford and KTM’s Pierce Brown were working their way through the pack after starting mid-pack. Mumford would work his way around Munoz to clinch second right after Lawrence crossed the finish line in first with an 11.36 second lead. Munoz would hold off Brown to grab third in the first 250 Pro Sport moto. Swoll would come through 13th after his crash.
KTM’s Katie Benson would earn the first moto Girls (11-16) class win. Benson would start out in third as she followed Cami Samples and Mikayla Nielsen. After following a lapper into a rut, Samples would fall back to fifth. Benson would make the move to first on lap four and never look back finishing 12.398 seconds ahead of second. Nielsen would come through second, with Kawasaki’s Landrey Hazen making the move to third on the last lap.
In the Junior 25+ class it was Yamaha’s Darryn Durham and Michael Brown battling for the number one position throughout the moto. Durham would lead the first three laps, but a mistake would cost him as Brown made the pass stick. Brown would hold onto the lead, with Durham coming through second and Husqvarna’s Preston Mull earning third at his first visit to the Ranch.
The 2019 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Lucas Oil is taking place now through August 3 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Tuesday Class Winners:
- Vet (30+) – Nicholas Hayes
- 450 B – Matthew LeBlanc
- 125 C – Chase Stuckey
- 85cc (10-12) Limited – Daxton Bennick
- Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) – Nicholas Romano
- Masters (50+) – Barry Carsten
- 250 B Limited – Mason Gonzales
- 65cc (10-11) Limited – Landen Gordon
- 250 C – Dylan Cunha
- 65cc (7-9) Limited – Landon Gibson
- Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) – Nicholas Romano
*250 B – Stilez Robertson
*250 Pro Sport – Jett Lawrence
- Women (12+) – Jazzmyn Canfield
- Senior (40+) – Michael Brown
- 125cc (12-17) B/C – Gage Linville
- 250 C Limited – Derek Leatherman
- College (18-24) – McClellan Hile
- Girls (11-16) – Katie Benson
- Junior (25+) – Michael Brown
- Supermini 2 (13-16) – Maximus Volhand
- 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited – Joe Desimone
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About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Lucas Oil is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 54 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, Tenn. Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,512 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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