Congratulations to our champions, our moto and holeshot winners, and our hard chargers! Each summer the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's presented by Lucas Oil gives motocross riders across the nation something to strive for. While this year's Loretta's brought AMA Championships for some and heartbreak for others, most of the riders we met with at the Ranch arrived with goals and left with a new sense of direction. Whether celebrating victories, moving up to new classes, overcoming injuries, or learning from mistakes, pushing oneself to one's limits against the toughest competition in the world has a way of bringing a new perspective to the athlete experience. While we break down some of the highs and lows of the week, we want to applaud all of our athletes for their tenacity, persistence, and skill. We know that racing is a journey, a true labor of love, and we thank you all for bringing us along for the action on what never promises to be a smooth road!
Dylan Cunha #55 made his Loretta Lynn's debut this year and dominated, going 1-1-1 for the AMA Championship in 250 C. We're looking forward to more big things from Cunha!
Jazzmyn Canfield moved up to the Women's class this year, racing against some tough competition from veterans of the class. But Canfield is never one to back down from a challenge. After a dedicated training schedule in 2019 Canfield took the Championship, going 1-1-2 in the three motos for the overall win.
If there was a hard charger award surely it would go to the #71 of Talon Hawkins. He suffered an injury to his wrist during training just days before the start of Loretta Lynn's. It would later prove to be a broken arm, but he chose to push through the pain and race the stacked Supermini classes, getting top ten finishes in most of the six motos for a 5th overall in Supermini 1 and 8th overall in Supermini 2. Top tens with a broken arm--not too shabby Talon. The championship might have eluded him, but our respect certainly did not!
Jonah Geistler had some brilliant moments at Loretta's, with a holeshot in one moto, and he led some laps against tough competition in 250 B Limited. Some bike trouble set him back in the first moto of Schoolboy 2, but he rounded out the week with four top ten finishes and a sixth overall in 250 B Limited. And as part of the Rides Unlimited BTO Racing team, you can guarantee he did it all in style.
Newcomer to the team Alex Campigli came all the way from California to join the best motocross racers in the nation for his Loretta Lynn's debut, and he didn't leave without making his mark! In the 50cc 4-6 Limited class Campigli earned himself a podium in the first moto and closed out the week with a 4th overall.
With solid starts and excellent fitness, #45 Blake Hazen rode with consistency at Loretta's, placing in the top ten in every moto and earning 6th overall in 450 B and 6th overall in 450 B Limited.
We come to the Ranch for the athletes, but we stay for the fun! At this year's Loretta's we debuted Bennett's War, a film produced by Forrest Lucas, about a young soldier with the Army Motorcycle Unit who is medically discharged with a broken back and leg. Against all odds he trains to make an impossible comeback as a motocross racer in order to support his family.
Lucas Oil joined forces with Motoplayground for the Sidewinder event, awarding $50 Lucas Cash to all moto winners. And of course, it wouldn't be Loretta Lynn's without a little fun at the creek! Thank you to all the families and friends who made this summer at the Ranch another roaring success. Til next year!