After a long, hot and humid week in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the 2012 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s came to a close Saturday afternoon. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green came away with six national championships and a total of 30 overall podium finishes. Team Green’s Adam Cianciarulo won all six of his motos to claim his 10th and 11th career championships making him is the winningest minibike rider at Loretta Lynn’s. Team Green’s Carson Mumford rode his KX(TM)65 to his first championship and Brandy Richards won the Girls (12-15) championship on her KX(TM)100. Kawasaki Vet riders were up front all week and Gary Semics and Dustin Walker were crowned champions in the Masters 50+ and Vet B/C 30+ classes, respectively.
Cianciarulo came into Loretta’s knowing it would be his final visit to the ranch on a supermini and wanted to go out on top. He was unstoppable all week long, collecting all six holeshots, winning all six motos, and leading every lap along the way. Capturing his 10th and 11th championships make him the winningest minibike rider at Loretta Lynn’s, and is now tied for second in all-time Loretta’s championships. His success earned him the AMA Youth Award for the second year in a row. Cianciarulo will now begin riding the KX(TM)250F and plans to make his debut this October at the Monster Energy Cup in the Amateur All-Star class.
“I’m really happy two get these two championships,” said Cianciarulo. “I’ve had an awesome mini-bike career and I’m looking forward to racing the KX250F. I’m excited to move on to the next chapter in my career and get to work on the big bike. Winning my 11th title is amazing and I’m hoping I can have as much success on the big bike.”
Team Green’s veteran riders came out in full force at Loretta Lynn’s and were hungry for the podium. Competing in every Vet division, Kawasaki swept the podium in the Masters 50+ and Vet B/C 30+ classes. Team Green riders also earned podiums in the Senior 45+, Senior 40+, and Vet 35+ classes. After taking a year away from racing, Team Green’s Mike Treadwell was excited to return to the ranch. After winning the first moto and finishing second in moto 2, the Senior 40+ class came down to the last corner of the third moto. Treadwell ran it in on the leader for the win, but it wasn’t enough. He finished second in the Senior 40+ and fourth in Vet 35+ class.
“I had a good week here at the ranch,” said Treadwell. “I had never won a moto here before, so that was awesome. The last moto came down to the last turn and I was a little too nice and finished second overall. It was a bummer since I was so close, but last year I was on the couch at this time so I’m happy to be back out here. I had some really good rides and couldn’t be happier being part of Team Green. It’s a fun atmosphere and like a family under the tent. I get to interact with the young Team Green kids that are up and coming, which is really cool.”
A championship at Loretta Lynn’s is no easy feat and has eluded many top riders. Both Mumford and Richards were able to put the pieces together this week and finish on top of the podium. Mumford was on another level in the 65 (7-11) Mod class and had won the first two motos going into the third moto. A poor start looked like it may end his championship dreams, but he rode the wheels off his KX65 and came through the pack to salvage second. Mumford’s 1-1-2 moto score gave him the overall and his first national championship.
“My week was great,” said Mumford. “The worst I did all week was a fifth in the stock class, and last year that was my best finish. In the mod class I won two motos and couldn’t be happier to get the championship. I had to come from the back of the pack a couple times and it felt really good to make it up to the top-five and pass all those riders. I’m going to start riding the KX(TM)85 so I’m excited about that too.”
In every class at Loretta Lynn’s, the best 40 riders from across the country gather behind the gate, which makes each championship a major accomplishment. Each class is stacked with talent so not only do you need the speed to win, but you need consistency in all three motos. Team Green’s Marchbanks and Treadwell came out swinging, winning their first motos, while Carter Halpain in the 85 (9-11) Mod class and Thomas Covington in the Schoolboy 2 class took the wins in their final motos of the week. Covington was in a good place for the title after a third place finish in the first moto, but bad luck in the second moto dropped him to 11th. The third moto was the final moto of the week and Covington was determined to show his speed and turn his week around. As rain began to fall, the gate dropped for the final time. Battling for the lead, Covington was wide open around the entire track and came away with an exciting moto win to end the week.
“It was one of the worst weeks, but also one of the best,” said Covington. “I just couldn’t put it all together this week, but the last moto made it all worth it. I picked some good lines on the first lap and got up to second. I got into the lead and was getting a lot of pressure from behind. I got loose in the sand section and went off the track but was able to get back on and hold the lead. On the last lap, second place ran me off the track, but I managed to get back on and hold him off for the win. It was a crazy moto.”
Team Green has been part of Loretta Lynn’s since the very beginning of the amateur national championship, more than three decades ago, and continues to see success every year. Every KX(TM) model was on the podium multiple times throughout the week, ripped multiple holeshot awards, and finished with 30 overall podiums. Many Team Green riders will be stepping up to new classes and challenges, but Team Green’s roots remain unchanged.
“Overall the week was pretty good,” said Ryan Holliday, Team Green Supervisor. “We came up short on some championships, but that just motivates everyone to work harder heading into next year. For me, it was special to see Adam Cianciarulo close out his minibike career on such a high note and also have one of our new riders, Carson Mumford win on the KX65. I want to thank our crew for doing such a great job off the track in Greenville, with their outstanding support for all the Kawasaki customers.”
Results – 2012 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship – Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – July 31 – August 4, 2012
Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini 1 (12-15)
Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini 2 (13-16)
Carson Mumford – 65 (7-11) Mod
Brandy Richards – Girls (12-15)
Gary Semics – Masters 50+
Dustin Walker – Vet B/C 30+
Mitchell Oldenburg – Open Pro Sport
Dillan Epstein – 250 A
Mike Treadwell – Senior 40+
Matt Tedder – Masters 50+
Stilez Robertson – 65 (7-9) Stock
Garrett Marchbanks – 85 (9-11) Stock
Carter Halpain – 85 (9-11) Mod
Tanner Stack – Mini Sr. (12-14) Mod
Mark Worth – Supermini 2 (13-16)
Mitchell Harrison – Supermini 1 (12-15)
Jordan Jarvis – Girls (9-11)
Ryan Tow – Vet B/C 30+
James Povolny – Vet 35+
John Grewe – Senior 45+
Clark Stiles – Vet 35+
Destry Abbott – Senior 40+
Earl May – Senior 45+
Garrett Marchbanks – 85 (9-11) Mod
Carson Mumford – 65 (10-11) Stock
Sean Cantrell – Mini Sr. (12-14) Mod
Thomas Covington – Schoolboy 2 (13-16)
Cody McDonough – 250 C Mod
Kevin Smith – Vet B/C 30+
Philip Oveland – Masters 50+