First, from MX Sports: Championship Battles Take Form at Day Three of Racing at Loretta Lynn’s

The second set of motos came to a close at the 2012 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil. Thursday’s race action was at an all-time high as the anticipation level continues to grow with each and every moto that gets recorded into the history book. The third and final set of motos begin Friday morning and twenty-two racers will become National champions before Saturday’s grand finale at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Adam Cianciarulo was heavily favored to take home dual championships this year, and so far he’s shown nothing less than domination in the highly competitive Super Mini classes. Cianciarulo kicked off Day 3 with yet another win in Super Mini 1, gapping the second place of Andrew Pierce by nearly 30 seconds in Moto 2. Provided that Cianciarulo executes a smooth Moto 3, the battle for the remaining two podium positions will perhaps be some of the most exciting racing of the week. Pierce currently holds a 3-2 score in the Super Mini 1 class, but Kawasaki teammates Mark Worth and Mitchell Harrison are also going to be big players heading into Friday’s class finale.

Another tight championship battle in the works comes from the 85 (9-11) Stock class between Suzuki’s Jordan Bailey and Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks. The leading duo has split moto-wins after two rounds of racing and sit tied for lead points. Pennsylvania’s Brock Papi has put in a pair of solid finishes with a 4-3 score, while Florida’s Dylan Greer ran into bad luck in Moto 2 and finished twenty-first after scoring a podium finish in Moto 1. Although a championship is most likely out of the question, Greer still has the potential to contest a moto-win. Other notable finishers in the (9-11) division include Ciaran Naran (KTM), Parker Mashburn (KTM) and Ian Smith (YAM).   

Also in the Mini division, California’s Justin Hoeft continues to make a mark with four straight wins in the (12-14) Stock and Mod classes. Living in California isn’t the only thing Carson Mumford has in common with Hoeft; the young gun also nabbed second win today to maintain his perfect score in the 65 (7-11) Mod class.

Thursday’s race schedule highlighted some of the most experienced lineups in the sport. Beginning with 58-year-old Dave Semics, who has notably swept the 50+ class at nearly one decade older than the age division. In the same race but separate gate drop, it was 49-year-old Doug Dubach with domination in the first two 45+ motos, while taking his first Senior 40+ win Thursday afternoon. Oklahoma’s Robbie Reynard put in a valiant effort to secure second place in the ultra-competitive Junior 25+ class, while Ricky Carmichael grabbed his second straight win in the class. Other notable challengers include Andrew Matusek, Mike Sleeter, Clark Stiles, Caasey Clark, James Evans, Jimmy Povolny and Justin Kelly.

Yet another Loretta Lynn’s past champion and current American Motocross star Trey Canard joined an all-star lineup of past and present pros to demo Honda’s 2013 model during intermission. Canard’s ride on the Loretta Lynn’s racetrack was one of few public rides he’s had since becoming injured.

Australia’s Mackenzie Tricker got win in the Women’s (14+) class after engaging in battle with Moto 1 winner Brandy Richards. While leading Tricker in Moto 2, Richards succumbed to the pressure and went down, giving Tricker the win. Texas native Taylor Higgins has a consistent 2-2 score, matching Tricker’s 3-1, leaving the title up for grabs in Moto 3.

And from Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green: Adam Cianciarulo and Mumford Victorious Thursday at Loretta Lynn’s

With two days of racing complete from the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green is in position to capture a hand full of the titles as the final motos start tomorrow in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Leading the charge is Adam Cianciarulo who is looking to leave the ranch with two more championships. He won both motos Thursday and now has a perfect score in both the Supermini 1 and Supermini 2 classes. In the 65 (7-11) Mod class, Carson Mumford dominated on his KX(TM)65, while Kawasaki rider Gary Semics won his second moto in the Masters 50+ class on his KX(TM)450F. All three riders sit in control of their respective classes along with many other Team Green riders who are in position to win.

Cianciarulo was on a mission Thursday aboard his KX(TM)100 and lead from start to finish in both of his motos. Collecting both holeshots, he did not have to battle for position, but did battle against the elements of the track. The gate dropped for Cianciarulo’s first moto at 7:30 a.m. on a soft, muddy, rutted track, while his second moto didn’t go off until 5:00 p.m. on hard-packed, slick conditions. He conquered both challenges and is four-for-four in his motos.

“The holeshots were key today, especially in the morning,” said Cianciarulo. “The track was really muddy and it would have been really hard to get up front in those conditions. My afternoon moto was probably the toughest of the week because it was so late in the day and I had to wait around nearly nine hours after my first moto. I was able to adjust to the track quickly and came away with both wins. I really love the 20-minute motos here at Loretta’s and I feel it plays to my advantage.”

When it comes to racing dirt bikes, few people on the planet are as well rounded as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott. A multi-time AMA National Hare & Hound Champion, Abbott built his reputation blasting through the deserts of the Pacific Southwest. Just one month ago, Abbott was broadcast around the world on ESPN battling it out at the EnduroX main event at X Games Los Angeles. He came to Loretta’s after a 7-year hiatus looking to test his motocross skills against the nation’s best. In the Senior +40 class, Abbott grabbed the holeshot aboard his KX(TM)450F and went on to finish second, and sits second with one moto remaining. In the Vet +35 class, Abbott is currently tied for second overall with Team Green’s Clark Stiles, with a 3-4 result, going into the third and final motos of the week.

One of the most challenging obstacles on the track at Loretta Lynn’s are the Ten Commandments. The obstacle consists of ten large whoops, which riders can blitz like rollers or flow through like a rhythm section depending on line choice. While the heavily rutted track can make it difficult for racers to find a place to pass, the Ten Commandments provides several different lines, but none that afford an advantage over the others.

2012 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Results – August 2, 2012

First-Place Finishes

Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini 1

Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini 2

Gary Semics – Masters 50+

Carson Mumford – 65 (7-11) Mod

Second-Place Finishes

Aaron Siminoe – Open Pro Sport

John Grewe – Senior 45+

Garrett Marchbanks – 85 (9-11) Stock

Brandy Richards – Girls (12-15)

Jordan Jarvis – Girls (9-11)

Dustin Walker – Vet B/C 30+

Mark Worth – Supermini 2

Destry Abbott – Senior 40+

Third-Place Finishes

Mark Worth – Supermini 1

Steven Mages – Open Pro Sport

Earl May – Senior 45+

Philip Oveland – Masters 50+

Ryan Tow – Vet B/C 30+

Mike Treadwell – Senior 40+

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Adam Cianciarulo

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