Loretta’s Amateur National Motocross 2012, Friday, by MX Sports and Kawasaki
First, from MX Sports: 24 National MX Champions Crowned Friday at Loretta Lynn’s
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:
- 250 C Mod – Garrett Schnepp – American Canyon,
- 51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock – Ryder Difranceso – Bakersfield, CA
- Super Mini 1 (12-15) – Adam Cianciarulo – Port Orange, FL
- Vet 35+ – Robbie Reynard – Oklahoma City, OK
- 51 (4-6) Stock Limited – Codee Samples – Maypearl, TX
- Open Pro Sport – Jesse Wentland – Elk River, MN
- Mini Sr (12-14) Mod – Justin Hoeft – Castaic, CA
- 51 (4-6) Shaft Drive Stock – Braxton Brown – Lowell, OH
- Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C – Jordan Smith – Belmont, NC
- 250 B Stock – Cooper Webb – Newport, NC
- 450 C – Cody Herzog – Scappoose, OR
- College B/C (16-24) – Gregory Gehrer – Wichita, KS
- 85 (9-11) Mod – Jordan Bailey – Orlando, FL
- 65 (10-11) Stock – Conner Mullenix – Santee, CA
- Senior 45+ – Doug Dubach – Tustin, CA
- 250 A – Zach Bell – Cairo, GA
- 450 B Stock – Matt Bisceglia – Weatherford, TX
- Masters 50+ – Gary Semics – Salem, OR
- 51 (7-8) AMA 2 Stock – Jaiden Taylor – Lansing, MI
- 65 (7-9) Stock – Pierce Brown – Sandy, UT
- 85 (9-11) Stock – Jordan Bailey – Orlando, FL
- Girls (12-15) – Brandy Richards – Lake Havasu City, AZ
- Girls (9-11) – Jazzmyn Canfield – Deltona, FL
- Junior 25+ – Ricky Carmichael – Havana, FL
And from Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green: Three Championships Friday at Loretta Lynn’s
As the final motos began Friday at the 2012 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green crowned three champions and a total of 19 podium finishes overall. Collecting his fifth holeshot and win of the week, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Adam Cianciarulo grabbed his 10th Loretta Lynn’s Championship with a perfect moto score. Brandy Richards achieved her first championship after winning the last moto in the Girls (12-15) class and Kawasaki rider Gary Semics swept the Masters 50+ class on his KX(TM)450F.
Third Time’s the Charm: Richards has been coming to the ranch for a number of years trying to earn a championship, but had yet to have the consistency to make it happen. This year she started off with a pair of the second-place finishes in the Girls (12-15) class and was tied for the lead heading into Moto 3. Richards jumped off to a great start on her KX(TM)100 and quickly made a move into the lead. Consistent laps helped her build a nice gap over second-place and she cruised to her first National Championship from Loretta Lynn’s.
“This week started with some bad luck,” said Richards. “I was sick earlier in the week and in the Women (14+) class while leading I swapped out and crashed so I’m really sore, but so happy to win this title. It feels amazing. I’ve been trying to get it for the past few years and wasn’t going to take no for an answer this year.”
KX Proof: Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green proved their dominance today with 19 podium finishes overall. Not only did Kawasaki podium in close to every moto of the day, but every model of the Kawasaki KX(TM) line was also represented on the podium. From Team Green’s youngest rider Stilez Robertson on his KX(TM)65 in the 65 (7-9) Stock class, up to Matt Tedder in the Masters 50+ class aboard his KX450F, young and old choose Kawasaki KX.
Results – 2012 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship – Hurricane Mills, Tenn. August 3, 2012
Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini 1 (12-15)
Brandy Richards – Girls (12-15)
Gary Semics – Masters 50+
James Povolny – Vet 35+
Tanner Stack – Mini Sr. (12-14) Mod
Dillan Epstein – 250 A
Stilez Robertson – 65 (7-9) Stock
Mitchell Harrison – Supermini 1 (12-15)
Mitchell Oldenburg – Open Pro Sport
John Grewe – Senior 45+
Matt Tedder – Masters 50+
Garrett Marchbanks – 85 (9-11) Stock
Jordan Jarvis – Girls (9-11)
Cody McDonough – 250 C Mod
Clark Stiles – Vet 35+
Sean Cantrell – Mini Sr. (12-14) Mod
Carson Mumford – 65 (10-11) Stock
Earl May – Senior 45+
Phillip Oveland – Masters 50+
- First day’s info from Loretta’s – http://www.supercross.com/features/lorettas-amateur-national-motocross-2012-wednesday-by-mx-sports-and-kawasaki
- Yesterday at Loretta’s – http://www.supercross.com/features/lorettas-amateur-national-motocross-2012-thursday-by-mx-sports-and-kawasaki
- Supercross.com is giving away three pairs of tickets to the British MX World Championship Grand Prix! http://www.supercross.com/features/supercrosscom-giving-away-three-pairs-of-tickets-to-british-grand-prix-and-mx-gp-festival