AMA-Amateur-Nationals-8-1-13HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – Wednesday’s weather conditions added a slight turn of events for day two of racing from the 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL. Heavy rainfall filled the grounds overnight at the Loretta Lynn Ranch but it wasn’t enough to stop the first few of the day’s scheduled motos. However, the in-climate weather continued through the first three motos, where the racing was eventually brought to a halt by 9 a.m. in order to allow the storm to pass.

All hands were on deck as the track crew worked tirelessly to provide optimum track conditions for the racers. The moto order resumed at 3 p.m. with a modified racetrack as the Senior (40+) division kicked off the second half of the day.

The first moto of the morning was the Two-Stroke B/C (16+) and despite the muddy track conditions, underdog Jerry Robin (85) took the Moto 1 win on a borrowed 2007 CR 250 after his 1985 CR 250 broke down during practice. Robin then raced his ’85 in the 250 B class where he captured an impressive ninth place on his vintage machine.

Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – 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.

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN – Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich had plenty to celebrate after this weekend’s round of the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series. With one round remaining, Borich clinched his third consecutive XC1 Pro GNCC Championship after racing his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to victory at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, IN.

“It’s been a pretty stressful year and it feels good to finally wrap it up,” said Borich. “The Suzuki QuadRacer and the Yoshimura motor are just an awesome combination, and we had plenty of power to rip right up the nasty hills. I can’t thank my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team enough for giving me equipment I can win on.”

At the drop of the flag, Borich got a solid fourth-place start and then put his Rockstar Makita Suzuki into a battle for the lead. But at the midway point of the two-hour race, Borich dropped back a bit after being held up on one of the Ironman’s notorious hill climbs. Fortunately, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider put his head down and once more came from behind on the final lap to take the win and the championship.

Torrance, CA: American Honda congratulates all the Honda racers who have earned a spot at this year’s prestigious AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship taking place August 1-6, 2011, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. This year’s event celebrates 30 years of amateur racing at the famed Loretta Lynn Ranch and Honda’s been there every step of the way in support of the thousands of Honda racers who have lined up behind this famous starting gate over these past three decades.

“We are really excited to once again be a part of this premier event and proud of our continued trackside support for Honda-equipped racers at Loretta Lynn’s in 2011,” said Keith Dowdle, Assistant Manager Honda Riders Club of America® (HRCA®). “This year marks 30 years of Honda support for all the Honda racers who have earned a spot at this terrific grassroots racing event and it’s fantastic that more than 190 Honda riders will be racing this year. We encourage everyone to stop by our Honda amateur support compound whether it’s for some technical info or parts support or just to say hi and chat with the members of our amateur support team.”