Byronís Ben Adamson has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynnís Ranch. Photo submitted
Byron's Ben Adamson, a 14-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 31st Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Adamson took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions. Ben qualified in three classes at a regional qualifier in Byron, Illinois June 29th & 30th. Each rider can only race in two classes at Loretta Lynn's so Adamson will have to pick two classes to compete in at the National. This is Ben's third time qualifying for Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Last year, Ben's top finish was 17th in the Supermini 12- 15 class, this year he hopes to break the top ten.
"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 2009, teenage stars Dean Wilson, from California, and Eli Tomac, from Colorado, were awarded premier professional contracts for the 2010 season.
Adamson, who is an incoming freshman at Byron High school, has been riding since he was 3 years old. With the help of sponsors such as Rinken Mods, Fly Racing, and Black Diamond MX Graphics, and of course his parents, who help support his way to the races, Adamson has had the opportunity to pursue his love for motocross racing. He has won several local area races and was the 2012 ARMCA District 23 85cc 12-15 and Supermini class champion and was Spring Creek MX Park's 85cc 12-15 and Supermini series champion in 2012. Spring Creek MX Park hosts an annual AMA Pro National event and is one of Ben's favorite tracks to race at. Adamson will making his way to Tennessee to participate in the event that runs July 29 - August 3, 2013.
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.
About the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship:
The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 50 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 12 Regional Championships (June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week of August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 18,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,410 available positions at the National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
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Nick Samela jr
My grandson age 7 earned a spot to race for the first time at the Loretta Lynn championship . His name is Antonio Sandalo from Stamford, Conn. And he gave it his best and finished 9th overall in the standings . I'd like to give him a big pat on the back for the effort and time he and his father and mother and little brother Luca put into this test of a champion.