2020 Loretta Lynns Amateur Motocross Results

| August 9, 2020

Following a memorable week showcasing the world’s finest amateur motocross talent the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, August 8. The final motos of an action-packed week of racing resulted in the crowning of AMA National Champions across the remaining 17 classes.

Loretta Lynns Amateur Motocross Saturday Results Highlights

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Stilez Robertson earned the 2020 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award. Photos: Courtesy MX Sports

Open Pro Sport

The final day of racing for the week was headlined by Open Pro Sport, where Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Stilez Robertson had an opportunity to wrap up the championship in the two most high profile divisions. Robertson wrapped up the title in 250 Pro Sport on Friday and entered Saturday tied with Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Mason Gonzales atop the Open Pro Sport classification.

All week long Gonzales has had his starts dialed in and in the biggest moment he rose to the occasion, emerging with the early lead ahead of Robertson in second. Gonzales dropped the hammer and successfully put some distance between himself and Robertson, but soon the Husqvarna rider closed back in. Just before the halfway point of the moto Robertson applied heavy pressure on the lead and made the pass for the lead stick. Once out front Robertson continued to add to his lead and charged home to take the moto win and clinch the title by six seconds over Gonzales.

With his AMA National Championships in both 250 Pro Sport and Open Pro Sport Robertson was named the 2020 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner, the highest honor in amateur motocross.

Open Pro Sport Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, Calif. Husqvarna (1-2-1)
Mason Gonzales Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Yamaha (2-1-2)
Dilan Schwartz Alpine, Calif. Suzuki (3-4-3)
Vincent Luhovey Jr. Greensburg, Pa. KTM (5-6-7)
Austin Black Lake Elsinore, Calif. KTM (6-8-5)
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Matt Leblanc captured the 250B title.

250 B

After a pair of wild motos in 250 B, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Matt Leblanc entered Saturday’s final moto in control of his own destiny. With a lead of four points, Leblanc enjoyed a comfortable cushion, which allowed him to take a more conservative approach once the gate dropped.

Leblanc settled into fourth on the opening lap, behind the early leader and Moto 2 winner Nate Thrasher aboard his Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Nick Romano, and EBR Performance KTM’s Kaeden Amerine. The clear track allowed Thrasher to quickly open up a big lead on the field, leaving the Yamaha duo of Romano and Amerine to battle for second. Leblanc continued to lose touch with the lead trio, and eventually gave up fourth to Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Chance Hymas.

The momentum Thrasher gained from his Moto 2 victory carried over into the final moto, where he continued to pull away en route to securing back-to-back wins. He took the checkered flag 11 seconds ahead of Amerine, who battled his way around Romano for second in the closing laps. Leblanc came through a distant fifth.

Leblanc’s consistency proved to be the difference-maker in the overall standings, as Thrasher’s ninth-place finish in the first moto was simply too much to overcome despite securing a pair of moto wins. Leblanc’s title is his second of the week, to go along with a 450 B championship.

250 B Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Matthew Leblanc Breaux Bridge, La. Yamaha (1-2-5)
Nate Thrasher Livingston, Tenn. KTM (9-1-1)
Chance Hymas Pocatello, Idaho Kawasaki (2-5-4)
Kaeden Amerine Great Bend, Kan. Yamaha (7-4-2)
Nick Romano Bayside, N.Y. Yamaha (12-3-3)
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Schoolboy 1 Champion Max Vohland.

Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C

On the heels of a three-moto sweep in 125cc B/C, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Max Vohland had the opportunity to wrap up an undefeated week at Loretta Lynn’s with another victory in Schoolboy 1 B/C. He carried a two-point edge over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Talon Hawkins, where the second generation racer was once again on point aboard his KTM.

When the gate dropped on the final moto the two championship combatants put themselves at the front of the field, with Vohland leading Hawkins. The impressive speed Vohland has displayed all week saw him establish a nearly two-second lead at the conclusion of the opening lap, which proved to be all the advantage he needed. Vohland continued to build on his lead and rode to a stress-free moto win by almost 13 seconds, securing his undefeated record and a second AMA National Championship. Hawkins earned his third runner-up result, while Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Larry Reyes Jr. rounded out the podium.

Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Max Vohland Granite Bay, Calif. KTM (1-1-1)
Talon Hawkins Temecula, Calif. Husqvarna (2-2-2)
Larry Reyes Jr. Houston, Texas Yamaha (3-3-3)
Avery Long New London, Minn. KTM (8-5-5)
Gage Stine Woodsboro, Md. KTM (4-11-4)
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Chance Hymas took the Schoolboy 2 title.

Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C

Parity defined the first two motos of Schoolboy 2 B/C, as three riders entered Saturday’s final moto with a shot at taking home the title. With 1-2 finishes coming into the deciding moto Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Jett Reynolds was in a favorable position, but both KTM Orange Brigade’s Nate Thrasher and Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Chance Hymas were right in the hunt.

Reynolds was right where he wanted to be as Moto 3 got underway, initially sitting second behind KTM rider Wyatt Liebeck before taking over the lead on the second lap. Neither Hymas nor Thrasher was anywhere to be seen, slotting into seventh and 10th, respectively.

Reynolds was able to maintain his position out front, but he was facing heavy and persistent pressure from Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Nick Romano. Less than a second separated the lead duo, and as the moto reached its halfway point Reynolds faltered, giving up the lead to Romano and falling from first to fourth. As that sequence unfolded, both Hymas and Thrasher, who had fought their way into the top four, were able to take advantage of Reynolds’ misfortune, taking over second and third. On the ensuing lap, Reynolds dropped another spot to fifth.

Realizing a championship was within reach, Hymas dug deep and went to work on Romano for the lead, successfully seizing control of the moto in the waning minutes. One lap later Thrasher moved into second. At that point, the Kawasaki of Hymas had opened an insurmountable advantage and he became the class’ third different moto winner, crossing the line two seconds ahead of Thrasher, with Romano third and Reynolds fifth.

The victory was enough to vault Hymas to the top of the overall standings, where he earned a tiebreaker over Thrasher by virtue of Hymas’ Moto 3 win. The finish was undoubtedly one of the most dramatic and exciting of any class at this year’s event.

Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Chance Hymas Pocatello, Idaho Kawasaki (2-3-1)
Nate Thrasher Livingston, Tenn. KTM (3-1-2)
Jett Reynolds Bakersfield, Calif. Kawasaki (1-2-5)
Wyatt Liebeck New Franken, Wis. KTM (5-8-4)
Kaeden Amerine Great Bend, Kan. Yamaha (8-4-8)

 

Supermini 1 (12-15) & Supermini 2 (13-16)

Like Haiden Deegan (Sr. Mini 1 & 2) and Max Vohland (125cc & Schoolboy 1), Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Ryder Difrancesco was one of a few riders chasing a perfect 6-0 run at Loretta Lynn’s. He entered Saturday in control of both the Supermini 1 and Supermini 2 classes, where another pair of good starts and consistent performances were all that separated him from perfection. Difrancesco rose to the occasion on each gate drop and brought home two impressive victories to wrap up a pair of titles on the final day.

The Kawasaki rider first took to the track to complete Supermini 2. Out of the gate, KTM rider Ben Garib continued his hot streak of stellar starts to lead Difrancesco through the opening couple laps. Not to be denied, Difrancesco powered his way into the lead and quickly began to put distance between himself and Garib. Soon enough, he enjoyed a comfortable multi-second lead. Difrancesco continued to charge and brought home the first of two wins by four seconds over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Evan Ferry, who started sixth, with Garib in third.

As Difrancesco rolled out one last time for Supermini 1 he was determined to make the final moto as stress-free as possible. When the gate dropped he seized the moment and emerged with the lead. A blistering opening lap helped Difrancesco put multiple seconds on Ferry in second, and from there the Kawasaki rider never looked back. He stormed to the sweep and a perfect week-long record by just under six seconds. Ferry finished the day with back-to-back runner-up finishes, while Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Gavin Towers finished third.

It capped off a banner week for Difrancesco, who will surely be one of the most talked-about riders at Loretta Lynn’s in 2021.

Supermini 1 (12-15) Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Ryder Difrancesco Bakersfield, Calif. Kawasaki (1-1-1)
Gavin Towers Venetia, Pa. Kawasaki (2-2-3)
Evan Ferry Dade City, Fla. Husqvarna (4-5-2)
Jayden Clough Elko, Minn. KTM (5-3-4)
Jordan Renfro Lake Park, Ga. KTM (9-9-7)

Supermini 2 (13-16) Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Ryder Difrancesco Bakersfield, Calif. Kawasaki (1-1-1)
Evan Ferry Dade City, Fla. Husqvarna (2-2-2)
Benjamin Garib Chile KTM (4-3-3)
Gavin Towers Venetia, Pa. Kawasaki (3-5-4)
Jayden Clough Elko, Minn. KTM (5-4-5)

 

Additional AMA Amateur National Champions from Saturday (Moto Finishes)

250 C Limited: Jacob Henry, Cortland, N.Y. KTM (3-1-3)
Junior (25+): Brandon Scharer, Hamer, S.C. Yamaha (2-1-1)
College (18-24): Michael Hicks, Fenton, Mo. KTM (9-1-1)
Girls (11-16): Katie Benson, Greer, S.C. KTM (1-1-3)
250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited: Dakota Bender, Winchester, Pa. Honda (1-1-2)
450 B Limited: Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash. Yamaha (1-1-1)
85cc (10-12): Luke Fauser, Midland, Pa. KTM (2-3-2)
65cc (7-9): Gage Dunham, Golden, Colo. KTM (5-1-2)
450 C: Cameron Horner, Bozeman, Mont. Kawasaki (1-1-1)
Senior (45+): Joe Buskirk, Hanna City, Ill. Suzuki (3-3-3)
65cc (10-11): Seth Dennis, Minneola, Fla. KTM (1-3-2)

 

Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Friday Results Highlights

The first wave of AMA National Champions was crowned on Friday afternoon at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The highly coveted AMA National No. 1 plate was awarded to the titleholder across 19 different classes. More will be crowned today (Saturday, August 8), the final day of racing.

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Supermini class

250 Pro Sport

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Stilez Robertson won the 250 Pro Sport Championship.

On the heels of a convincing win in the second 250 Pro Sport moto, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Stilez Robertson carried a surge of momentum into the deciding third moto on Friday afternoon. Robertson carried a three-point advantage over Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Mason Gonzales into the final race.

Fully aware of the significance of the moment, Robertson took care of business right out of the gate and put his Husqvarna at the head of the pack. He dropped the hammer on the opening laps and set the fastest lap time of the entire moto to establish an insurmountable seven-second advantage after just two laps. From that moment forward Robertson was able to focus on managing the lead and staying out of trouble, particularly as he approached lapped riders in the late stages of the moto.

After struggling with starts most of the week, BarX/Chaparral/Suzuki’s Dilan Schwartz finally put himself at the front of the field and assumed control of second early on. However, his deficit to Robertson was simply too much to overcome.

Robertson went unchallenged for virtually the entirety of the moto, taking the moto win and clinching the 250 Pro Sport title by seven seconds over Schwartz. Gonzales, who had been one of the best starters all week, was forced to battle his way from a sixth-place start and fought his way to the final spot on the podium in third.

With his 250 Pro Sport triumph and a chance to also secure the Open Pro Sport title on Saturday, Robertson made himself the front-runner to bring home Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award honors.

250 Pro Sport Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, Calif. Husqvarna (2-1-1)
Dilan Schwartz Alpine, Calif., Suzuki (1-5-2)
Mason Gonzales Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Yamaha (3-2-3)
Preston Kilroy Afton, Wyo., Suzuki (7-3-5)
Austin Black Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM (5-7-4)

450 B

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Matt LaBlanc celebrates the 450 B Championship.

The battle atop the 450 B classification was the tightest of any division entering Friday’s final moto as Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Matt Leblanc, Deep South Kawasaki’s Luca Marsalisi, and SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Luke Kalaitzian all sat tied atop the overall classification. With all three riders holding an equal opportunity to take home the title, and each finishing inside the top three in both motos, it was anyone’s guess as to who would prevail. For Leblanc, he hoped the experience from his victory in the class last year would work to his advantage.

As the field jockeyed for position early on it was Kalaitzian who grabbed the early advantage and jumped out to the lead ahead of Leblanc and Husqvarna rider Wyatt Mattson, while Marsalisi was just outside the top five in sixth. A determined Leblanc was able to muscle his way around Kalaitzian to seize control of the race lead. On his first full lap as race leader, Leblanc put his head down and charged out to a multiple-second advantage. As this unfolded, Marsalisi’s eagerness to catch the leaders resulted in misfortune and dropped him to the tail end of the running order, effectively ending his championship hopes.

Once he built his gap on the field, Leblanc controlled the remainder of the moto with ease as Kalaitzian encountered misfortune as well in pursuit. Leblanc capped off his second consecutive 450 B championship in dominant fashion, taking the moto win by more than 21 seconds over Mattson, with SLM KTM’s Matthew Curler in third.

450 B Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Matthew Leblanc Breaux Bridge, La., Yamaha (3-1-1)
Luke Kalaitzian Sun Valley, Calif., Honda (2-2-6)
Matthew Curler Wills Point, Texas, KTM (4-4-3)
Wyatt Mattson Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (6-6-2)
Cole Bradford Tampa, Fla., Honda (5-5-4)

125cc (12-17) B/C

As he entered the third and final 125cc B/C moto on Friday for the final race of the day Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Max Vohland had amassed an undefeated record across two divisions and was in a prime position to wrap up a pair of titles, an accomplishment he achieved one year prior by taking home the Supermini 1 and Supermini 2 championships. On Friday, his first task would be wrapping up the 125cc B/C crown.

When the gate dropped on the final moto, Vohland wasted no time putting his KTM out front and established some breathing room between himself and MTF KTM’s Gage Linville, his primary challenger, at the end of the opening lap. Well aware of the situation at hand, Linville gave his all to keep Vohland within striking distance, ready to take advantage of any mistakes or find an opening to attempt a pass.

As the moto wore on, Vohland’s consistency was putting the pressure on Linville to keep up and as the race surpassed the halfway point Linville lost touch, falling back to a double-digit deficit. Out front, Vohland was on cruise control and easily swept the 125cc B/C motos by nearly 22 seconds over Linville. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Talon Hawkins followed in third.

Vohland has now won a title in each of the last three classes he entered and is poised to earn a fourth in Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C on Saturday.

125cc (12-17) B/C Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Max Vohland Granite Bay, Calif., KTM (1-1-1)
Gage Linville Lake Park, Ga., KTM (2-2-2)
Larry Reyes Jr. Houston, Texas, Yamaha (3-4-4)
Talon Hawkins Temecula, Calif., Husqvarna (7-3-3)
Myles Gilmore Australia, Yamaha (6-7-9)

Women

Carrying back-to-back moto wins into the final moto on Friday, SBG Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki’s Jordan Jarvis was in a comfortable spot to bring home a third Women class title thanks to a five-point cushion over KTM Orange Brigade’s Tayler Allred.

All week long Jarvis had been at her best when the gate dropped and that trend continued to start Moto 3 as the Kawasaki rider moved into the early lead over Allred, with Newground Husqvarna’s Hannah Hodges in third. Jarvis laid down her fastest lap of the moto on Lap 2, which helped her put a little breathing room between her and Allred, who was able to secure her hold on second after Hodges encountered misfortune.

Jarvis continued to nail her marks and log consistent laps, which only added to her lead and eventually allowed her to build a double-digit advantage. She finished strong and wrapped up a 1-1-1 sweep of the motos with a winning margin of nearly 19 seconds over Allred, while Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM’s Sophia Phelps rounded out the podium in third.

With six career AMA National Championships to her credit, Jarvis is now one of the most decorated riders in Loretta Lynn’s history.

Women Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Jordan Jarvis Clayton, N.C. Kawasaki (1-1-1)
Tayler Allred Riverton, Utah KTM (3-2-2)
Tayla Jones Denton, Texas Husqvarna (6-3-4)
Sophia Phelps Saint George, Utah KTM (9-4-3)
Hannah Hodges Deland, Fla. Husqvarna (2-5-9)

Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) & Mini Sr. 2 (13-15)

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Haiden Deegan already wrapped up two Sr. Mini titles.

Undoubtedly one of the hottest riders all week long at Loretta Lynn’s was second-generation racer Haiden Deegan. Entering Friday’s final motos for both Mini Sr. 1 and Mini Sr. 2 the KTM Orange Brigade rider had compiled an undefeated record and was poised to go a perfect 6-0 en route to a pair of AMA National Championships. To no one’s surprise, Deegan rose to the occasion yet again and put forth arguably his best rides of the entire event to finish undefeated.

The first race of the day for Deegan came in Mini Sr. 2, where he put his stamp on the winning effort after just a single lap, building an insurmountable lead of more than five seconds ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Krystian Janik and Triangle Cycles/bLU cRU/Yamaha’s Logan Best, who were engaged in their own battle for the runner-up spot in the overall classification. At the conclusion of the third lap Deegan’s advantage had grown to double-digits and he continued to build on the lead through to the checkered flag, where he wrapped up the sweep of the motos by just under 19 seconds. The battle for second raged on for much of the moto, but Best got the better of Janik in the end to secure the position in the overall standings.

When Deegan returned to the track for the final Mini Sr. 1 moto, he put his KTM to the front early and opened up a lead of more than a second over Best, his closest challenger, at the end of the opening lap. Deegan continued to run at a blistering pace and found himself out front by almost 10 seconds halfway through the moto. That allowed him to maintain the lead and bring home a drama free moto sweep by 18 seconds over Best, followed by KTM rider Landin Pepperd in third.

With his pair of victories, Deegan became the first rider at the 2020 event to bring home multiple AMA National Championships. He’s also the first rider to complete the week undefeated across more than one division.

Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Haiden Deegan Temecula, Calif. KTM (1-1-1)
Logan Best North Port, Fla. Yamaha (2-2-2)
Krystian Janik Oak Lawn, Ill. Kawasaki (3-5-10)
Jeremy Fappani Scottsdale, Ariz. KTM (6-8-5)
Agustin Barreneche Colombia KTM (7-4-11)

Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Haiden Deegan Temecula, Calif. KTM (1-1-1)
Logan Best North Port, Fla. Yamaha (2-4-2)
Krystian Janik Oak Lawn, Ill Kawasaki (3-2-3)
Adler Caudle Moore, Okla. KTM (5-10-4)
Casey Cochran Clermont, Fla. Suzuki (7-3-9)

Mini-E (4-6) Jr.

Friday signified a landmark moment in the history of Loretta Lynn’s as the first ever AMA National Championship was handed out for an electric motorcycle class. The debut of the Mini-E Jr. division in 2020 was well received, with a significant number of entries and alternates. As for the action on the track, one rider, Kade Nightingale, had set the benchmark coming into Friday with wins in the first two motos.

Nightingale found himself in a familiar spot to start the final moto and led the field around to complete the first lap, but Jaydin Smart, Nightingale’s primary rival all week, made a bid for the lead and successfully seized control of the moto. As he attempted to fight back, Nightingale lost ground and faced a multi-second deficit early in the moto.

Smart continued to ride strong and extended his lead further in the closing stages of the moto, becoming just the second rider to win a Mini-E moto. Nightingale settled for second, nearly nine seconds back, but still enjoyed the spoils of the first AMA National Championship in the division thanks to his consistent 1-1-2 moto finishes.

Mini-E (4-6) Jr. Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

Kade Nightingale Mounds, Okla. KTM (1-1-2)
Jaydin Smart Berry Creek, Calif. KTM (2-2-1)
Anderson Waldele Lizella, Ga. KTM (7-3-3)
Jeter Ramirez El Reno, Okla. KTM (3-6-4)
Gavin McCoy Clever, Mo. KTM (13-4-5)
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Garrett Alumbaugh won the 125cc C Championship.

Additional AMA Amateur National Champions from Friday (Moto Finishes)

250 B Limited: Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha (1-1-1)
125 C: Garrett Alumbaugh, Newark, Texas, Yamaha (1-1-1)
Vet (30+): Nicholas Hayes, Chester, Va., Kawasaki (1-2-1)
85cc (10-12) Limited: Luke Fauser, Midland, Pa., KTM (1-1-3)
Masters (50+): Kevin Walker, Kingsport, Tenn., Suzuki (3-1-1)
51cc (7-8) Limited: Gauge Brown, Cypress, Texas, Cobra (2-2-3)
65cc (10-11) Limited: Seth Dennis, Minneola, Fla., KTM (1-1-2)
250 C: Albert Haberle IV, Atco, N.J, KTM (3-3-3)
65cc (7-9) Limited: Darren Pine, Crosby, Texas, Cobra (1-1-3)
51cc (4-6) Limited: Jaydin Smart, Berry Creek, Calif., Cobra (2-1-1)
51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd: Grayson Porco, Barberton, Ohio, Yamaha (3-2-2)
Senior (40+): Kris Keefer, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha (1-1-2)

 

Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Thursday Results Highlights

Another day (Thursday) is in the books at the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship and as the motos continue to unfold, the championship picture across all 36 classes is beginning to take shape. As both the heat and humidity at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch continues to climb with each passing day, the challenge of winning will become increasingly difficult. That is poised to potentially work in the favor of a large contingent of riders who currently sit atop the overall classification.

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Thus far, exactly half of the total classes have seen just one rider stand atop the podium after two motos, providing a critical advantage to the following competitors across 18 divisions:

Levi Kitchen 250 B Limited & 450 B Limited
Cameron Horver 450 C
Dakota Bender 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited
Maximus Vohland 125cc (12-17) B/C & Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C
Garrett Alumbaugh 125 C
Jordan Jarvis Women
Katie Benson Girls (11-16)
Kris Keefer Senior (40+)
Ryder Difrancesco Supermini 2 (13-16)
Haiden Deegan Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) & Mini Sr. 2 (13-15)
Darren Pine 85cc (7-9) Limited
Luke Fauser 85cc (10-12) Limited
Seth Dennis 65cc (10-11) Limited
Anderson Waldele 51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive Limited
Kade Nightingale Mini-E (4-6) Jr.

 

For Kitchen, Vohland, and Deegan, the 2020 event has gotten off to a perfect start. All three riders will enter Friday’s races with an undefeated 4-0 record, winning every single moto they’ve entered thus far. Similar momentum is building for Difrancesco and Dennis, who are both 3-0 to start the week.

Open Pro Sport

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Stilez Robertson is, so far, undefeated. Photo: Shan Moore

The headline class on Thursday was Open Pro Sport, in which Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Stilez Roberston was looking to back up his first moto win with another stellar performance. While Robertson was once again fast and had a shot at victory, he was bested by Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Mason Gonzales.

All week long Gonzales has had his starts dialed in, grabbing a pair of STACYC Holeshots over the first two days of racing. On Thursday he did it again, earning his third holeshot of the week to jump out to the early lead ahead of BarX/Chaparral/Suzuki’s Preston Kilroy and KTM rider Jyire Mitchell. Robertson completed the opening lap in sixth and immediately went to work on trying to track down the lead.

Gonzales didn’t flinch under persistent pressure from Kilroy, and he slowly started to inch away. Meanwhile, Robertson made quick work of his charge into the top three and found himself on the rear fender of Kilroy for second just past the halfway point. After making the pass, Robertson dropped the pace to try and catch Gonzales. Just about a second separated the pair in the closing laps, and Robertson was consistently the faster rider, but Gonzales navigated through lapped riders with ease and kept his challenger at bay to bring home his first moto win of the week. Robertson was a close second, while Kilroy went unchallenged for third.

With two motos down and one remaining, Gonzales and Robertson sit tied atop the overall classification, setting the stage for an epic showdown on Saturday afternoon to see who prevails with the AMA National Championship.

250 B

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Matt LaBlanc is leading the 250 B class with one moto left to go. Photo: Shan Moore

Following a competitive opening moto for the 250 B class, it was anyone’s guess as to who might prevail in Thursday’s second moto. Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Matt Leblanc entered as the winner of Moto 1, but the likes of Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Jett Reynolds, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Nick Romano, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Nick Thrasher, and Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Chance Hymas were all threats to take home Moto 2.

Out of the gate it was Romano who grabbed the STACYC Holeshot before Reynolds moved out front and looked like he would be the rider to beat, gapping both Romano and Hymas, with Leblanc and Thrasher in the thick of the hunt as well. The clear track proved to be a huge advantage for Reynolds and he soon established a multi-second lead as the moto approached the halfway point. Behind him, Leblanc had battled his way into second with his teammate Romano in third, while Thrasher was on a torrid charge just off the podium.

Reynolds appeared to be in full control of the moto, but just past the halfway point his race came to an end following a scary incident in the Ten Commandments roller section. Reynolds’ heartbreak moved Leblanc into the lead, but under heavy pressure from Thrasher.

Thrasher was able to battle his way into the lead and after initially responding to the pass, Leblanc took a big picture approach to the result and settled into the runner-up spot. A strong final stretch vaulted Thrasher to his first moto win of the week, with Leblanc second and Romano third.

With 1-2 finishes Leblanc now has a four-point edge on Hymas entering the final moto on Saturday morning.

125cc (12-17) B/C & Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C

The opening two motos of the 2020 event for Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Max Vohland saw the second-generation racer live up to the attention that accompanied him into Loretta Lynn’s. On Thursday he had a chance to keep the momentum going across two classes and he did so, convincingly.

The second moto of the 125cc B/C class got underway with MotoSport.com KTM’s Sage Lewis earning the STACYC Holeshot before Vohland assumed the lead. Not long after Vohland was faced with his first instance of adversity when he briefly tipped over and handed the position to MTF KTM’s Gage Linville. Looking to take advantage of the rare miscue, Linville tried to pick up the pace and build a gap, but Vohland recovered quickly and lost little ground. He challenged Linville for the lead one lap later and successfully reclaimed control of the moto. While Linville did all he could to keep pace, Vohland’s lap times were too consistent and the margin widened over the course of the moto. Vohland cruised to his third moto win of the week, nearly 14 seconds ahead of Linville with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Talon Hawkins in third.

Vohland carries a two-point edge over Linville entering the final moto, which will serve as the final race of the day on Friday afternoon.

Vohland was even better out the gate to start the second Schoolboy 1 B/C class moto, seizing control of the lead with the STACYC Holeshot and establishing a multi-second cushion over GasGas rider Matti Jorgensen Jr. From there on out Vohland was in a class of his own, continuously building on his lead over the course of the moto while the battle for the position intensified behind him with Hawkins and Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Larry Reyes Jr. both clawing their way into podium position. Vohland took another stress-free victory seven seconds ahead of Hawkins with Reyes rounding out the podium in third, duplicating the top three from Moto 1.

A two-point margin is what Vohland will also carry into the final Schoolboy 1 B/C moto on Saturday, where he’ll look to once again finish ahead of Hawkins and secure a potential second national title.

Women

The Women’s class returned to the track on Thursday likely to provide the next chapter of the budding rivalry between SBG Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki’s Jordan Jarvis and Newground Husqvarna’s Hannah Hodges. Unfortunately for Hodges, that battle never came to fruition as Jarvis moved one step closer to the class title.

The moto started exactly how Hodges would have hoped, with the STACYC Holeshot, but misfortune struck soon after and dropped her deep in the field, eventually circling around in 26th place. That allowed KTM Orange Brigade’s Tayler Allred to assume the early lead, with Jarvis in tow. With Hodges not a factor, Jarvis was able to focus on getting around Allred, which she did before the completion of the second lap. From there Jarvis surged out to a comfortable lead and never looked back. She was dominant en route to her second moto win, taking the checkered flag nearly 18 seconds ahead of Allred in second, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones completed the podium in third. Despite the adversity, Hodges was impressive in her charge through the pack and soldiered home to a well-deserved fifth-place finish that still keeps her in the title picture.

Jarvis’ quest for a third championship in the Women division will come down to the final moto on Friday with the penultimate race of the day. She holds a five-point lead over Allred.

Supermini 2 (13-16)

With a dominant performance in the opening moto of Supermini 2, all eyes were on Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Ryder Difrancesco on Thursday as he looked to make good on his goal of a perfect run at Loretta Lynn’s in 2020.

Out of the gate to start Moto 2 it was once again EBR Performance KTM’s Benjamin Garib with the STACYC Holeshot before the SSR KTM of Jayden Clough moved out front with Difrancesco right behind in second. The Kawasaki rider went on the attack and seized control of the moto by the completion of Lap 2, which ultimately proved to be all he needed. As Difrancesco’s lead continued to grow, the battle for the remaining spots on the podium intensified between Clough, Garib and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Evan Ferry. Eventually, Garib moved up into the runner-up spot, which he held for several laps, but Ferry was on a tear and the second generation rider was able to climb his way into the top three and around Garib for second with just a few laps remaining.

Difrancesco carried on to his third moto win of the week to remain unbeaten. He crossed the line eight seconds ahead of Ferry with Garib completing the podium in third.

The pair of wins gives Difrancesco a two-point lead over Ferry entering the third and final moto, which will take place on Saturday morning.

Mini Sr. 1 (12-14)

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Haiden Deegan is poised to come away with two class championships.

With his decisive wins through his first three motos of the week, KTM Orange Brigade’s Haiden Deegan was one of the hottest riders at Loretta Lynn’s entering the second Mini Sr. 1 moto on Thursday. The key to Deegan’s success has been his ability to start up front, which continued during his fourth outing on track.

After missing out on the STACYC Holeshot to KTM rider Thomas Wood, Deegan moved out front and stormed to an early lead to begin the moto, building a comfortable margin over Wood and Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Krystian Janik. Deegan was flying, and halfway through the race he had approached a double-digit lead over the field. That left the battle for second to be decided between Wood and Triangle Cycles/bLU cRU/Yamaha’s Logan Best. Wood did all he could to keep Best behind him, but the Yamaha rider was also riding well and made his way into second at the halfway point of the moto.

Out front, Deegan easily brought home his fourth moto win of the week by nearly nine seconds over Best, while Wood parlayed his stellar start into a podium result.

Deegan will carry a two-point lead over Best into the third and final moto on Friday afternoon, where he’ll have an opportunity to clinch a pair of AMA National Championships on the same day.

Additional AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Thursday Winners

450 B Limited: Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha
450 C: Cameron Horner, Bozeman, Mont., Kawasaki
250 C: Gabriel Goettler, Surfside Beach, S.C., Yamaha
250 C Limited: Jacob Henry, Cortland, N.Y., KTM
250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited: Dakota Bender, Winchester, Calif., Honda
Senior (40+): Kris Keefer, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha
Junior (25+): Brandon Scharer, Hamer, S.C., Yamaha
College (18-24): Michael Hicks, Fenton, Mo., KTM
Girls (11-16): Katie Benson, Greer, S.C., KTM
85cc (10-12): Kade Johnson, Hideaway, Texas, Yamaha
65cc (7-9): Gage Dunham, Golden, Colo., KTM
65cc (7-9) Limited: Darren Pine, Crosby, Texas, Cobra
51 (7-8) Limited: Travis Schneider, Rhinebeck, N.Y., Cobra
51 (4-6) Limited: Jaydin Smart, Berry Creek, Calif., Cobra
51 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd: Anderson Waldele, Lizella, Ga., Yamaha
Mini-E (4-6) Jr.: Kade Nightingale, Mounds, Okla., KTM

Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Wednesday Results Highlights

After an exciting opening day of action to drop the gate on the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, the flurry of racing continued into Wednesday as 23 motos took to the track at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. An uptick in humidity tested the fitness of competitors and gave way to even more compelling battles for victory.

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Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Wednesday Results Highlights

250 Pro Sport

The first moto in this class saw BarX/Chaparral/Suzuki’s Dilan Schwartz take the win, which gave him some much-needed momentum entering Moto 2. However, Wednesday provided a much different experience for Schwartz, who found himself buried deep in the top 20 on the opening lap.

With Schwartz out of the picture, Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Mason Gonzales and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Stilez Robertson positioned themselves at the front of the field, ahead of Husqvarna rider Jace Kessler.

Just like the first moto, Gonzales pulled the STACYC Holeshot and jumped out to the early lead, which he maintained for a couple of laps before Robertson made the pass and seized control of the race. Once out front, Robertson dropped a trio of fast laps in the 1:50 range to build an insurmountable advantage. He took the checkered flag nearly 7.5 seconds ahead of Gonzales, while BarX/Chaparral/Suzuki’s Preston Kilroy made an impressive charge from eighth to third to grab the final spot on the podium. Despite an 18th-place start, Schwartz made an impressive climb to fifth to keep his title hopes alive.

After two motos, Robertson leads the way in the overall classification, with Gonzales second and Schwartz third.

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Stilez Robertson won the second 250 Pro Sport moto and leads overall. He also won the first Open Pro Sport moto.

Open Pro Sport

The Open Pro division made its 2020 Loretta’s debut on Wednesday with its first of three motos in a field that includes both 250cc and 450cc motorcycles. Many of the most recognizable names from other divisions converged in the Open class, setting the stage for a hotly contested battle for the title.

Leading the way in the opening moto were the same trio of familiar faces that have set the tone in 250 Pro Sport – Stilez Robertson, Mason Gonzales, and Dilan Schwartz. As the gate dropped to start Moto 1, it was none other than Gonzales who jumped out to the early lead over the KTMs of Vinny Luhovey, who earned the STACYC Holeshot, and Robby Marshall. Robertson completed the opening lap in fifth, while Schwartz was buried in 16th.

While Gonzales looked to build a gap on the field, Robertson was on a determined charge forward and moved into second place on Lap 2. With the lead in his sights, Robertson made a charge to catch and pass Gonzales and take over the top spot a quarter of the way through the moto. As the lead changed hands, Schwartz was completing an incredible charge through the field that saw him move into podium position in third.

Robertson rode consistent laps through to the finish, and while Gonzales kept him honest, the Husqvarna rider successfully captured his second moto win of the day, just over two seconds ahead of Gonzales. Schwarts brought home a well-earned third.

Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C

Fresh off a decisive win in the 125cc B/C division on Tuesday, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Max Vohland entered Wednesday’s first moto of Schoolboy 1 B/C brimming with confidence. He was expected to be challenged by the class’ other highly touted prospect, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Talon Hawkins, who was unable to get in the mix during Tuesday’s race.

When the racing got underway, it was JT Motorsports KTM’s Gage Stine who emerged with the STACYC Holeshot and the early lead, with Hawkins and Vohland in tow. Stine was impressive in the opening laps, and benefitted from the battle between Hawkins and Vohland for second, which Vohland soon took over. It wasn’t long before Vohland continued his forward progression and made the pass for the lead, bringing Hawkins along with him into second. Once he positioned himself out front, Vohland’s pace was too much for Hawkins and he eventually carried on to his second moto win of the week by a double-digit margin over Hawkins, with Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Larry Reyes Jr. rounding out the podium.

Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C

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Jett Reynolds topped the first Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C moto.

When the Schoolboy 2 B/C class rolled onto the line for its first moto it featured many of the same top-tier competitors from 250 B, including Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Jett Reynolds and Chance Hymas, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Nick Romano, and KTM Orange Brigade’s Nate Thrasher.

Out of the gate it was Romano who grabbed the STACYC Holeshot, but the Kawasaki of Reynolds moved into the lead to control the moto, leaving Romano and Hymas to give chase. The clear track proved to be a huge advantage for Reynolds as he established a comfortable lead by the end of the opening lap. Hymas was all over Romano and successfully made the pass for second. He then set his sights on his Team Green teammate.

Hymas applied heavy pressure on Reynolds, and even showed a wheel in some corners, but as they navigated through lappers Reynolds was much more efficient, and it helped prevent Hymas from attempting a pass. Even with Hymas just a few bike lengths behind throughout the entirety of the moto, Reynolds maintained his composure and brought home the moto win by three seconds over Hymas. The final spot on the podium went to Thrasher, who overcame a 14th-place start to make a torrid charge through the field and get by Romano in the closing laps.

450 B

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Matt LeBlanc rebounded from a first-moto third to win the second 450 B Moto.

After storming to victory in the opening 250 B moto on Tuesday, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Matt Leblanc was left feeling a little bittersweet with a third-place finish in 450 B. On Wednesday he returned to the track in search of redemption aboard the large displacement machine, and was successful in doing so.

After starting second behind SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Luke Kalaitzian, who earned his second STACYC Holeshot, Leblanc hounded his rival for the lead, resulting in a captivating head-to-head fight between the two that carried on through the first half of the moto. Leblanc’s persistence finally paid off just past the halfway point when he was able to make the winning pass and carry on to his second moto win of the week by almost four seconds. Deep South Kawasaki’s Luca Marsalisi, who won the Moto 1, followed in third after starting 12th.

Leblanc and Marsalisi now sit tied atop the overall classification after two motos, with Kalaitzian in third.

Supermini 1 (12-15)

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After winning the first Supermini 2 moto, Ryder Difrancesco came back and won the first Supermini 1 moto.

After starting off his week with a victory in the opening moto of Supermini 2 on Tuesday, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Ryder Difrancesco was back in action on Wednesday for the first moto of Supermini 1. Once again Difrancesco would be forced to contend with fellow Team Green rider Gavin Towers as well as KTM rider Ben Garib.

Out of the gate Difrancesco gave himself the advantage he was looking for by racing to the STACYC Holeshot, which put him at the head of the pack just ahead of Towers and Garib. The lead trio was in a class of their own and each solidified their hold on each respective position. Difrancesco consistently added to his advantage and went on to claim a decisive moto victory by just over eight seconds on Towers, while Garib rounded out the top three.

Mini Sr. 2 (13-15)

After a perfect start to his 2020 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship on Tuesday with a pair of moto wins, KTM Orange Brigade’s Haiden Deegan was looking to keep his undefeated streak intact on Wednesday for the second moto of Mini Sr. 2. While he had to work a little harder for his success on Day 2, it was more of the same from the second-generation racer.

While Deegan came away with the STACY Holeshot to start Moto 2, he was passed and forced to settle for third on the opening lap. Highly motivated, he methodically worked his way into second, passing Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Krystian Janik, and was there to take advantage of a miscue by the leader, Triangle Cycles/bLU cRU/Yamaha’s Logan Best. Once out front, Deegan checked out on the field and easily raced to his third moto win, and a continuation of his undefeated streak. Janik followed with his third podium finish of the week, while ECSTAR Factory Suzuki’s Casey Cochran finished third.

Deegan leads the way in the Mini Sr. 2 overall classification, with Janik in second and Best in third.

65cc (10-11) & 65cc (10-11) Limited

Both 65cc (10-11) divisions were in action on Wednesday, with the Limited class contesting its second moto of the week. In each, the story was the same as KTM Orange Brigade’s Seth Dennis and Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Canyon Richards were the class of the field.

Dennis took advantage of the STACYC Holeshot to assume the early lead in Limited Moto 2, where he quickly established a multi-second advantage that he’d never relinquish. While Richards, who started third and moved up to second by Lap 2, did all he could in pursuit, he was forced to settle for another runner-up finish, followed by second-generation racer Vincent Wey in third aboard his Husqvarna.

Dennis leads the way in the overall classification for 65cc (10-11) Limited, with Richards second and Wey third.

The opening 65cc moto saw Richards take the STACYC Holeshot, only to drop back several positions outside the top five. That allowed Wey to get the edge over his rivals early on by leading the first couple of laps of the race. After starting third, Dennis progressively moved forward and positioned himself out front after a miscue caused Wey to lose several positions. With the lead in hand, Dennis rode to a pressure-free win ahead of Richards, who rebounded to finish second. Wey recovered to finish third.

Mini-E (4-6) Jr.

History was made on Wednesday at Loretta Lynn’s when the Mini-E class took to the track for the first-ever electric bike moto at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The class consisted of the youngest competitors at the event and signified a landmark moment for the sport.

When the gate dropped on the final moto of the day it was all Kade Nightingale aboard his KTM. After capturing the first-ever STACYC Holeshot for an e-bike moto, the young rider was absolutely dominant en route to a historic first win in the Mini-E division, where he took the checkered flag 21 seconds ahead of second.

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Landen Gordon won Wednesday’s 85cc (10-12) moto.

Additional Wednesday Winners

450 B Limited: Levi Kitchen, Washougal Wash., Yamaha
450 C: Cameron Horner, Bozeman, Mont., Kawasaki
250 B Limited: Levi Kitchen, Washougal Wash., Yamaha
125 C: Garrett Alumbaugh, Newark, Texas, Yamaha
Vet (30+): Andrew Matusek, Hodges, S.C., Yamaha
Senior (45+): Edward Walston, Pinetops, N.C., KTM
Masters (50+): Kevin Walker, Kingsport, Tenn., Suzuki
51 (4-6) Limited: Kade Nightingale, Mounds, Okla., Cobra
51 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd: Anderson Waldele, Lizella, Ga., Yamaha
51 (7-8) Limited: Colt Martin, Talladega, Ala., Cobra
65cc (7-9): Ryder Ellis, North Fork, Calif., Kawasaki
85cc (10-12): Landen Gordon, Atascadero, Calif., Suzuki
85cc (10-12) Limited: Luke Fauser, Midland, Pa., KTM

 

Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Tuesday Results Highlights

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Suzuki got on the board right away thanks to Dylan Schwartz who on the first 250 Pro Sport moto.

250 Pro Sport

The 2020 lineup for 250 Pro Sport was brimming with talent, with the likes of Stilez Robertson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), Mason Gonzales (Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team) and Dilan Schwartz (BarX/Chaparral/Suzuki) leading the way as title favorites. When the gate dropped on the first of three motos for the class, it was Gonzales who emerged with the STACYC Holeshot to assume the lead on the opening lap. Schwartz was able to grab a good start as well and immediately went on the attack for the lead, getting around Gonzales before the end of Lap 2

The clear track on a layout that was only getting rougher with each passing lap proved to be all Schwartz needed. The Suzuki rider continued to build a lead over Gonzales through the first half of the moto, which soon caused the Yamaha rider to come under fire from the Husqvarna of Robertson. The battle for second heated up right at the halfway point, with Robertson eventually getting the upper hand, dropping Gonzales to third.

As the minutes wound down, Schwartz and Robertson traded faster lap times, which ultimately kept the distance between them at around eight seconds. Schwartz carried on to take the checkered flag and open his week with a moto win, while Roberston successfully battled from a fifth-place start to earn a runner-up result. Gonzales parlayed his holeshot into a podium finish in third.

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Matt LaBlanc got things started with a moto win in 250 B.

250 B

Much like its Pro Sport counterpart, the 250 B division is also loaded with heavy hitters. At Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green, Jett Reynolds and Chance Hymas were generating a lot of buzz, while the Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing duo of Matthew Leblanc and Nick Romano was in the discussion as favorites to win the title. KTM was well represented as well with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Nick Thrasher and Rides Unlimited KTM’s Jack Chambers.

As the 250 B field roared out the gate for its opening moto it was Yamaha rider Kyle Smith who grabbed the STACYC Holeshot, but he quickly dropped back several positions. That allowed Hymas to take control as the early leader, with Leblanc right behind in second. Suzuki rider Carter Biese, Thrasher, and Romano rounded out the top five.

The ability to get up front early benefitted both Hymas and Leblanc, as both riders were able to soon distance themselves from the field, setting the stage for a head-to-head battle for the win. Behind them, Thrasher and Romano duked it out for third. Just past the halfway point of the moto, Leblanc began to apply pressure on Hymas for the lead. They engaged in an exciting battle for the position, with Hymas putting up a valiant fight. Eventually, Leblanc made the pass stick, while Romano was able to get the better of Thrasher and move into podium position.

Leblanc piloted his Yamaha to the Moto 1 victory by just over five seconds over Hymas, but drama unfolded on the final lap in the battle for third. Romano, who appeared to have the position in hand, encountered misfortune that also involved Thrasher, which dropped both riders out of contention for a strong result. The opened the door for Reynolds, who started ninth, to steal third and claim the final spot on the podium. Thrasher recovered to finish ninth, while Romano soldiered home to a 12th-place finish.

125cc (12-17) B/C

The two most talked about riders coming into the week for the 125cc B/C title were Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Max Vohland and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Talon Hawkins. When the first moto got underway, neither of these two riders were in the mix. Instead, EBR Performance KTM’s Crockett Myers earned the STACYC Holeshot before giving way to MTF KTM’s Gage Linville, who moved into the early lead over Myers and GasGas’ Matti Jorgensen Jr.

With the holeshot Linville was able to establish himself comfortably out front, but all eyes were on both Vohland, who started fifth, and Hawkins, who was back in 14th. Despite not starting in the lead group, Vohland had his KTM dialed in and quickly charged up to second place. With Linville in sight, he tracked down the leader and made an exceptional pass to seize control of the race just past the halfway point. Linville did all he could to stay in touch, but Vohland charged to the moto win by over six seconds. Yamaha rider Larry Reyes Jr. rounded out the podium, while Hawkins could only climb his way up to seventh.

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Jordan Jarvis (69) earned her first-moto win in the Women’s class.

Women

After a memorable battle for the championship in the Women’s division last year that saw Jazzmyn Canfield take the title, this class was one of the most anticipated for the 2020 event. With Canfield out with injury, the door is open for her primary rivals from a summer ago, Team SBG Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki’s Jordan Jarvis and Newground Husqvarna’s Hannah Hodges, to take home the vacant crown.

As expected, the opening Women’s moto came down to these two exceptional competitors. Hodges was able to edge out Jarvis for the STACYC Holeshot, but Jarvis jumped out to the lead on the opening lap. The two were separated by mere bike lengths early on, with KTM Orange Brigade’s Tayler Allred right behind in third. With a clear track ahead of her, Jarvis was able to inch away from Hodges and sustained a consistent pace over the second half of the moto that her rivals were unable to sustain.

Jarvis brought home the opening moto victory by 19 seconds over Hodges, with Allred solidly in third.

Supermini 2 (13-16)

The Supermini 2 class is another division with deep talent throughout, spearheaded by Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Ryder Difrancesco in addition to his fellow Team Green rider Gavin Towers, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Evan Ferry, and EBR Performance KTM’s Benjamin Garib. When racing got underway for the first moto, each of these riders assumed their positions at the head of the pack, with Garib prevailing with the STACYC Holeshot.

Even with the early advantage, Garib couldn’t hold off the Kawasaki’s of Towers and Difrancensco, who both made their way around. Towers’ hold on the lead was brief, as Difrancesco made the pass stick before Lap 2 and never looked back. Even though Towers was able to keep Difrancesco honest for a while, the lead grew significantly over the second half of the race. Towers soon came under fire from a hard-charging Ferry, who started fifth, with second place changing hands just past the halfway point.

Difrancesco cruised to the Moto 1 win by nearly 13 seconds over Ferry, while Towers held on for third.

Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) & Mini Sr. 2 (13-15)

As a member of one of the motorsports world’s most successful racing families in recent years, it’s not a surprise to see that Haiden Deegan is ready to leave his mark on amateur motocross. The KTM Orange Brigade rider couldn’t have asked for a better start to the week, where he’s well on his way to continuing what’s become a flourishing career.

Deegan raced twice on Tuesday, in both the Mini Sr. 1 and Mini Sr. 2 classes, and was nearly perfect in each. Even though the STACYC Holeshots went to Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Krystian Janik (Mini Sr. 1) and KTM rider Thomas Wood (Mini Sr. 2), Deegan led every single lap in each moto en route to a pair of moto wins, both by double-digit margins.

Following Deegan across the line in both motos was Triangle Cycles/bLU cRU/Yamaha’s Logan Best in second and Janik in third.

65cc (10-11) Limited

The smaller displacements are where the early stages of rider progression are displayed, and for the 65cc (10-11) Limited class all attention was centered on KTM Orange Brigade’s Seth Dennis and Yamaha/Rock River/bLU cRU Amateur Motocross Team rider Canyon Richards coming into the week. Even with the pressure to succeed, both riders responded with impressive poise.

Out of the gate it was KTM rider Deacon Denno who made the first statement with the STACYC Holeshot, but Dennis made the pass for the lead on the opening lap and asserted himself out front. Denno held onto second briefly, but Richards soon found his way into the runner-up spot and gave chase to Dennis. The lead duo mirrored one another in lap times for most of the moto, until a late surge by Dennis helped carry him to a victory of nearly 11 seconds over Richards, while Denno parlayed his holeshot into a podium result in third.

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Despite the times, gates are full at Loretta’s.

Additional Tuesday Winners

250 C: Lux Turner, Gardnerville, Nev., Yamaha
250 C Limited: Anthony Castaneda, North Fork, Calif., Yamaha
250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited: Dakota Bender, Winchester, Calif., Honda
450 B: Luca Marsalisi, Yonkers, N.Y., Kawasaki
125 C: Garrett Alumbaugh, Newark, Texas, Yamaha
College (18-24): Otto Berton, Canyon Lake, Calif., KTM
Junior (25+): Jesse Wentland, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
Vet (30+): Nicholas Hayes, Chester, Va., Kawasaki
Senior (40+): Kris Keefer, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha
Masters (50+): Barry Carsten, Bayville, N.J., Suzuki
65cc (7-9) Limited: Darren Pine, Crosby, Texas, Cobra
85cc (10-12) Limited: Luke Fauser, Midland, Pa., KTM
Girls (11-16): Katie Benson, Greer, S.C., Yamaha

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