24 National Champions Crowned Friday at Loretta Lynn's
Hurricane Mills, Tenn. (August 3, 2012) - As the penultimate day of racing comes to a close in the 2012 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil, 24 National Champions were crowned and several others received top honors in their respective classes. In addition to leaving the Loretta Lynn Ranch with a coveted National Championship, riders who topped their class also went home with a Specialized p.series bike, and of course, the Red Bull Sword championship trophy.
Almost all of the day's race action was noteworthy for one reason or another, but arguably the best racing of the day came from Yamaha's Cooper Webb and Honda's Shane Mcelrath in the 250 B Stock final. Heading into Moto 3 the two riders were tied with one race-win apiece, and after a hard fought battle to the end, it was North Carolina's Webb who claimed the class championship over a very tenacious Mcelrath. Both riders have a shot at winning another title tomorrow in the second half of the moto finales.
With a heavy lineup of front-runners in the Junior 25+ class, the final moto was highly anticipated and spectators from all ends of the ranch lined the fences to watch The-Greatest-of-All-Time Ricky Carmichael grab his tenth Amateur National Championship title. It wasn't without a little bit of pressure by 8-Time Amateur National Champion Robbie Reynard, who clinched the eighth title in the Vet 35+ class earlier in the day. Reynard caught and passed Carmichael on the opening lap of the 25+ Moto 3, where he led the G.O.A.T for a couple laps before fading back a bit, ultimately finishing eight seconds behind for second. Mike Sleeter put in a notable ride to finish third in the race and fourth overall, just behind Andrew Matusek in third.
Utah's Pierce Brown made history for Cobra today by securing the company's first-ever US National title in the 65cc division. Brown swept the 65 (7-9) Stock class, beating out California's Stilez Robertson and Michigan's Jace Kessler. California's Conner Mullennix took home the (10-11) Stock class championship, beating out Moto 3 winner Kobe Heffner and the third place of Carson Mumford.
North Carolina's Jordan Smith clinched the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C class championship with a 2-1-4 score over California's Ryan Surratt. Surratt secured a hard-fought win in Moto 3, which gave him the edge over Georgia's Colton Ford for second overall.
Other notable finishers on day four include Masters 50+ champion Gary Semics, who swept all three motos in the process. Florida's Jazzmyn Canfield also went 1-1-1 to take her second consecutive victory in the Girls (9-11) division, ahead of Jordan Jarvis from Clayton, North Carolina.
Georgia's Zach Bell aced all three motos of the 250 A class, taking the championship title over California's Dillion Epstein. Bell went on to take third overall in the Open Pro Sport class after winning Moto 3, which also happened to be his final amateur race before hitting the pro ranks next weekend at Southwick.
The final day of racing kicks off Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. with the 250 C Stock class. Following the conclusion of Saturday's racing, the top ten finishers in each of the 36 National championship classes will be invited to the Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Amsoil Arena.
Congratulations to Friday's National Champions:
The 2012 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil wraps up Saturday, August 4 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information, visit the series website at www.mxsports.com
About the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 50 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 12 Regional Championships (June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week of 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 1,446 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. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.