Ben Adamson displays his qualifier plaque and invitation to the National Championship race at Loretta Lynnís. Photo submitted
Byron's Ben Adamson just made his dream come true again. The 15-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Adamson took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions.
"The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn's is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in," said Event Director Tim Cotter. "A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career."
Most of America's top professional motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn's. The race is so prestigious that in 2012 it became part of the Red Bull Signature Series, airing race coverage on NBC for the first time ever. In 2013, the coverage of the Red Bull Signature Series broadcast LIVE coverage from Loretta Lynn's on NBC for the first time ever. In 2014, the racing will be streamed LIVE online all week long on RacerTV.com.
Adamson, who attends Byron High School, has been riding since he was 3 years old. With the help of sponsors such as Rinken Mods, Fly Racing, Black Diamond Graphics, Frank-N-Stein's Steakhouse, Action Engineering, and of course Mom & and Dad who help support his participation in the sport of motocross. He has won several races in the last 12 years and competes nearly every weekend at Motokazie's Kellogg Motocross Track and Spring Creek National Motocross Park in Millville. This is Ben's fourth time qualifying for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Ben made his way down to the race in Tennessee to participate in the event which ran July 27 - August 2, 2014. Ben raced his 125 cc Yamaha dirt bike against the top 42 riders in the nation in the Schoolboy class.
Adamson is just one of the over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a birth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn's. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified bikes.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn's Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers.
Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family's summer vacation. Besides races, the ranch provides family-friendly facilities including a game room, swimming pools, arts and crafts activities as well as a fashion and talent show.