The Kawasaki Team Green™ roster wrapped up the 37th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch, in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with plenty to celebrate. Team Green left the ranch with several championships and a number of moto wins and podiums, along with memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

The Team Green squad of Krystian Janik, Ryder DiFrancesco, Nick Romano, and Chance Hymas contested the 85cc (9-12) division aboard their KX™85 motorcycles. At the end of the week’s racing, it was DiFrancesco who would ultimately be crowned the 2018 85cc (9-12) national champion; but it wasn’t without a battle from his teammates. Team Green occupied the podium throughout the week with Hymas taking the third moto win. In the Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) class, DiFrancesco had to overcome a crash in the first moto that left him with a seventh. Undeterred, the California native won the second moto and cruised to third in the final moto to take home his second national championship.

Seth Hammaker led the charge for the Team Green big bike riders aboard his KX™250F, battling for wins and championships in both the 250A and Open Pro Sport divisions, followed by teammate Lance Kobusch. Hammaker set the tone early in the week by winning the first 250A moto and made it known that he was one of the fastest at the ranch in 2018. He was forced to battle from outside the top-20 to ultimately finish fourth overall with teammate Kobusch in fifth overall after battling for the win in the final moto. In the Open Pro Sport division, Hammaker earned a solid second overall by never finishing off the podium and taking the win in the final moto. Following Hammaker’s lead, Dilan Schwartz fought hard in both Schoolboy 2 (12-17) and 250B, where he earned a pair of third place finishes. Hannah Hodges contested the WMX class aboard her KX250F, earning a solid second place after two hard-fought motos.

John Grewe would once again win the Masters 50+ championship for the third consecutive year with Team Green teammate Earl May in third. Grewe also placed his KX™450F in fourth overall in the Senior 40+ class, while Team Green rider Taylor Painter captured second overall and a moto win in the Vet 30+ class and Stephen Ward finished second in 450C.

“It’s always great coming to Loretta Lynn’s,” said Team Green Manager, Ryan Holliday. “We enjoy catching up with so many of our Kawasaki racers and families from coast to coast. We strive to give them the best experience and support that our Team Green staff can provide.”

Kawasaki Championships and Top-5 Finishes

Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship:

85cc (9-12)

1st – Ryder DiFrancesco

2nd – Chance Hymas

Mini Sr 1 (12-13)

1st – Ryder DiFrancesco

Masters (50+)

1st – John Grewe

3rd – Earl May

Open Pro Sport

2nd – Seth Hammaker


2nd – Hannah Hodges

Vet (30+)

2nd – Taylor Painter

450 C

2nd – Stephen Ward

250 B

3rd – Dilan Schwartz

5th – Jesse Flock

Schoolboy 2 (12-17)

3rd – Dilan Schwartz

Senior (40+)

3rd – Gregory Pamart

4th – John Grewe


4th – Seth Hammaker

5th – Lance Kobusch

85 (9-11) Limited

4th – Krystian Janik

Supermini 2 (13-16)

5th – Jeremy Ryan

Girls (11-16)

5th – Landrey Hazen


Words and images courtesy of Kawasaki.