Morgantown, W.Va. (July 24, 2012) – MX Sports is pleased to welcome back Sunoco, a world leader in the manufacturing of high quality race fuels, as a supporting partner of the 2012 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. Sunoco has expanded their involvement this year to increase benefits to Team Sunoco members, while also giving back to the racers and families that have been loyal to Sunoco while traveling and racing amateur motocross.
Morgantown, W.Va. (December 13, 2011) – MX Sports is pleased to announce the return of the third annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship (RCSX) to the legendary Daytona International Speedway, following Saturday’s Daytona Supercross event. For the first time ever, RCSX has expanded to a two-day racing format, taking place Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12, 2012.
“We are thrilled to be back on the storied grounds of Daytona for the third year in a row,” says Tim Cotter, director of MX Sports. “Each year we learn a little bit more and that’s why we’ve decided to expand the racing program to a two-day format, something that’s never been done before. Amateur racers are a dedicated group and we’re committed to giving them a quality event with the utmost track time.”
Amateur racers once again have the unprecedented opportunity to compete on one of the most prestigious motorsports grounds in the world only one day after the fastest professionals in the world. With over 800 entries last year, RCSX has expanded to two full days of amateur racing-featuring longer races and practices with more class options to give racers even more track-time over the course of the weekend. Due to the expansion of racing, Ricky Carmichael University will not take place in Daytona this year.
“There is no other racing facility in the world like Daytona International Speedway,” said 15-Time Champion, Ricky Carmichael. “I’m excited to be back at my racing home for another year of RCSX. Two days of racing is going to give amateur racers even more seat time on the Daytona Supercross track and I’m looking forward to watching some good racing!”
MX Sports organizes the event by utilizing over 30 years of experience operating the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. The class structure includes classes for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to vet and senior classes. The race will follow a supercross format, using heat races and last chance qualifiers to seed the field of riders into a main event in each class, over the course of two days. Unlike the Loretta Lynn Ranch format, riders do not need to qualify at other races in order to participate in the Daytona event.
Amateur riders and their families are encouraged to come down early and camp on the Daytona infield, where hookups are available. Move in, sign up and camping begin on Saturday, March 11, so amateur families can watch the pros compete on Saturday night in the Daytona Supercross. Amateur racing takes place on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12. Although Ricky Carmichael University is not taking place in conjunction with RCSX this year, riders should standby for details on where and when RCU will take place in the future.
The third annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship will take place Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12, 2012, following the Daytona Supercross on Saturday night. For more information on the event, visit www.mxsports.com.
November 8, 2011 – Corona, CA – It was a battle of Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarnas in the XC2 class of Sunday’s Loretta Lynn GNCC, and FAR racers Andrew Delong and Jason Thomas ended their GNCC season with a spectacular duel, going 1-2 on the day!
Delong wowed everyone with two podium finishes at Loretta’s – a third on Friday and a win on Sunday. In only his third-ever race on the FAR Husqvarna TXC250, Delong captured his career-first XC2 victory, though it came down to sheer luck on the final lap. Thomas and Delong were neck and neck for the lead when they came up on a lapped rider. They each went to one side, and the lapper moved over into Jason’s line, allowing Delong to gain the point.
“My day went so good!” Delong exclaimed. “I just waited for them to get tired and then took off as fast as I could. It was so rough out there, but my TXC250 worked so good today. I’m so happy!”
Despite having to settle for runner-up on Sunday, Thomas’ performance on the weekend was admirable – a broken hand held in place by pins didn’t stop him from competing in the double-header GNCC finale. Thomas toughed it out, as he has all season, and pushed his TXC250 to a fourth-place finish on Friday after getting stuck on the first lap, and a strong second place on Sunday.
Though it was a great day for the team, Thomas was a little disappointed. “My hand was so sore this morning. I came here to win and I did my best. I got caught up with a lapper and it cost me. But I’m proud to be on the podium, especially with my teammate.”
“What an awesome day for the team,” commented Fred Andrews. “Both my guys gave us everything they had today. Husqvarna 1-2 – what a way to end the season!”
Two other Husqvarna’s ended the season on top of the podium at the Loretta Lynn Ranch GNCC. Toy Tech Husqvarna rider Andrew Powers took the overall in Sunday’s morning race aboard a WR125. The overall win marked a first for Powers, and secured the 200 C 16+ championship for both the GNCC series and the AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Series. Sunday was also a winning day for Junior Women class rider Veronica Martin, who piloted her TXC250 to her season-first win.
“We want to congratulate all Husqvarna racers on a great GNCC season,” commented Husqvarna National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman. “We’re proud of our FAR Husky team for parking two TXCs on the podium. And it was a wonderful surprise to see season-best finishes from our support riders, Powers and Martin, as well.”
Corona, CA – At the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the newest member of the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team – Andrew Delong – recorded a podium finish in the XC2 class. Meanwhile, Jason Thomas continued to forge ahead, this time racing to a sixth-place finish despite a broken hand!
FAR Husqvarna has added Delong to the team for the remainder of the 2012 season. The 21-year-old National Enduro regular only had two days on the bike before the Ironman GNCC, and still managed to pilot his TXC250 to a third-place finish.
Despite getting off to a “bad start,” Delong made his way into third place by the end of the opening lap. He was pushing for more throughout the race but still ended up in a strong third place for the day.
Jason Thomas injured his hand on Tuesday while out testing with Andrew. The X-rays revealed a broken bone, but nonetheless, Thomas announced that he was racing – broken hand and all. Luck was still not on his side as he had a terrible first lap which left him struggling to overcome a time deficit for the rest of the race.
“The track was the best one this year and I pushed hard today, but I’m so mad,” Thomas lamented. “I was climbing one of the big hills and a spectator was sitting on the hill with a cooler. I had to change my line into a tree not to hit her! I lost so much time on lap one. That cost me for the day. My hand was hurting but I can handle pain.”
“I am so proud of Andrew and Jason today,” Fred Andrews said. “Jason always gives me 110% – he raced with a broken hand! Andrew rode awesome today and FAR Husqvarna is excited to add him to the team.”
Thomas managed to finish in sixth – within seconds of fifth-place. The next – and final – stop on the GNCC circuit is Loretta Lynn Ranch, where the FAR Husqvarna team will be racing on both Friday the 4th and Sunday the 6th of November. Thomas now sits third in the XC2 standings, one point out of second, but with two rounds remaining in the championship, anything can happen!
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.”
Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – While the nation’s fastest amateur motocross riders lay it all on the line at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch, several special events will generate some excitement of their own at the 2011 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL. Kicking-off Sunday, July 31, the seven-day event will be a showcase of the future stars of the sport while also marking the return of some of Loretta Lynn’s most successful graduates.
With so much history and tradition, Loretta Lynn’s is often the place where the biggest names of years past return to pay their respects to the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship and pay a visit to some old friends while making several new ones along the way. Other riders in attendance this year include 15-Time AMA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael, past AMA Supercross Champion Jeff Emig and James Stewart, who all started out their amateur careers here at Loretta’s.
Morgantown, W.Va. – MX Sports is proud to welcome Red Bull Energy Drink as the title sponsor of the 2011 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch-the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race.
The Loretta Lynn’s race, which was founded in 1982 at the home of country music icon Loretta Lynn, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary this summer. As the most prestigious amateur motocross race in the world, Loretta Lynn’s serves as the last step in the graduation of young athletes to the professional ranks of AMA Motocross and Supercross.
A premier sponsor of the Loretta Lynn’s event for many years, Red Bull has produced a variety of spectacular activations during the weeklong AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, from skydivers and trials demos, to freestyle motocross and movie night in the town square. Red Bull is now taking its support of amateur motocross to the next level by assuming the heightened role as title sponsor of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. Motocross is a large part of Red Bull’s presence in the world of action sports, both as an elite sponsor and energy drink choice at the races.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Red Bull as not only the title sponsor of the 2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, but for many years to come,” said Tim Cotter, Director of MX Sports. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Red Bull and this new partnership will be very beneficial to our athletes and their families. Red Bull’s media assets are remarkably powerful and this type of media exposure will elevate amateur motocross to the next level.”
“Many of our participants have already seen Red Bull’s growing presence at this year’s Regional Championships,” added Cotter. “There are many major enhancements planned for this year’s National at Loretta Lynn’s and you will see more activation beginning with the Area Qualifiers in 2012.”
The Red Bull Media House is an Emmy Award-winning global media company that develops and distributes lifestyle, culture and sports programming that speaks to the coveted and elusive male demographic. Red Bull Media House will produce “The Road to Loretta’s” television program, which highlights the real-life journey of many amateur racers and their families as they work through the highly-competitive qualifying process for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National, and their run for a championship title at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The Road to Loretta’s, as well as a post-event program, will air on VERSUS Network September 11 and 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST.
As part of its full commitment to the sport, Red Bull also backs a talented group of amateur racers through its JAMS program, as well as a wide array of professionals who have tasted success at the ranch.
“Loretta Lynn’s will always be a special place to me from my amateur career,” said multi-time AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Champion James Stewart, a nine-time Loretta Lynn’s winner. “I’m excited to see Red Bull, one of my longtime sponsors, partner with MX Sports. I know how much Red Bull supports motocross and this already great event will definitely benefit from their involvement.”
The National Final will be held August 1-6 at the home of country music legend Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. In 2011, thirty-five champions will be crowned at what marks the 30th Anniversary celebration of the greatest motocross vacation in the world – the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.
Morgantown, W.Va (April 27, 2011) – Round five of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to the historical Loretta Lynn Ranch this weekend, April 30 to May 1, for the annual Part’s Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC. After two weeks off of racing, the series resumes in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. with more emphasis than ever on competition.
Defending champion Chris Borich currently sits on top of the point standings, housing three of the four wins this year. With one win under his belt, Warnert Racing’s Adam McGill doesn’t plan on going away any time soon. McGill has put in a tough fight all year long, leading several laps and consistently finishing in the top five every round. Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell has posted almost identical finishes to McGill – with the exception of a win – putting Bithell only six points back from the second spot heading into round five.
Ballance Racing’s Taylor Kiser has been a silent sleeper in the mix, hanging back in fourth place in the points chase; but don’t count him out for an overall podium spot by the end of the season. Kiser has finished well inside the top five each weekend but has yet to make the podium a consistent occurrence. Kiser sits a mere seven points back from the third place of Bithell heading into the historic Loretta Lynn’s GNCC.
Walker Fowler has a substantial lead over the rest of the field in the XC2 division, sweeping the series so far. Fowler seems to have his Ballance Racing Yamaha on another level in the Lites class, consistently finishing inside the top ten overall and even breaking into the top five at the last round.
In addition to the regularly scheduled races, this event will feature the first round of the three round 50cc series on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Part’s Unlimited Dinner upon completion of the races.
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
To get to the track, take I-40 to Exit 143, then to Route 13 North to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.