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Day Two at Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

Aug 052021

By Pat Schutte

Monster Energy-backed motocross racers continue to rack up big numbers at Day Two of the 40th running of the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. From the premier 250 Pro Sport class all the way down to the 85cc bikes and 11–16-year-old girls, Monster Energy claimed multiple individual class moto victories on Wednesday as the nation’s premier amateur motocross competition grabbed 2nd gear and powered through another day of competition.

Loretta Lynn probably couldn’t even hear herself think as a record field of dirt bike racers – some 1,400 strong – wound out their high-performance engines through the soft, rutted Tennessee loam on Wednesday. Here’s a look at how Monster Energy racers faired, beginning with the 250 Pro Sport class.

250 Pro Sport

 

Back up top in the overall 250 Pro Sport with a big Moto 2 win on Tuesday was Levi Kitchen. The Monster Energy-backed Washington native, who calls Washougal his home track, bounced back on his Yamaha from a 3rd place finish on Tuesday to take the overall class lead from Wyoming’s Preston Kilroy (Suzuki). Kilroy would drop to 2nd overall with a 5th place 250 Pro Sport finish on Tuesday (2nd/5th after two motos).

Also moving up in the standings to 3rd overall was Jett Reynolds, who added another 4th place moto finish. The Kawasaki-mounted Californian looks to be back on the main jet, following some injuries, with hopes to add to his incredible run of nine Loretta’s championships from 2013 to 2017.

In addition, Monster Energy’s Idahoan Chance Hymas (Kawasaki) joined Kitchen on the podium with a 2nd place finish in Moto 2 and moving up to 4th in the overall 250 Pro Sports standings (7th/2nd). Kitchen and Hymas were 1st/2nd in the practice times, respectively, heading into the week’s racing.

Rounding out the top ten in the 250 Pro Sport class, with Monster Energy ties, were Kansas’ Kaeden Amerine, who joined Kitchen and Hymas on the Moto 2 podium with an impressive 3rd place run. Amerine now sits in 8th place overall, going 16th/3rd in the two motos. In 9th place overall in 250 Pro Sport, is Monster Army member Jack Chambers (Florida). Chambers has gone 9th/11th in the two motos.

Supermini 2 (13-16)

 

Oklahoma’s Adler Caudle (KTM), who was part of a five racer Monster Energy sweep of the Supermini 1 (12-15) class on Tuesday, raced to victory on Wednesday in the opening moto of the Supermini 2 (13-16) class. Caudle was joined on the podium by fellow Monster Energy Californian racers Noah Viney (KTM) in 2nd place and Enzo Temmerman (KTM) in 3rd. Illinois’ Krystian Janik (Kawasaki) would also make the top five in Supermini 2, placing a strong 4th. Noteworthy was the fact that Tuesday’s Supermini 1 (12-15) class winner Haiden Deegan (KTM) would run into an early race issue and place 39th on Wednesday in the Supermini 2 (13-16) class, pretty much rendering him out of the class’ championship chase. However, look for Deegan to bounce back in a big way in Supermini 1.

Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C

 

New York’s Nick Romano (Yamaha) backed up his big 250 B class win on Tuesday by capturing the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C class’ opening moto on Wednesday. Romano would take the lead early in the contest and kept it until lap four (of ten) when he was passed by Daxton Bennick (KTM). The lead would only last one lap as Romano passed him back, made it stick, and ended up winning by seven seconds. Romano’s fastest lap of 1:55.451 was nearly a second-and-a-half faster than Bennick’s top time.

85cc (10-12)

 

Tennessean Drew Adams, coming off a Mini Sr 1 (12-14) 3rd place podium finish on Tuesday, captured the 85cc (10-12) class opening moto win on Wednesday. Adams led the race from start to finish, never relinquishing 1st place, even though his fast lap time of 2:30.820 would be just a click slower than 2nd place finisher Caden Dudney’s (KTM) fastest time. Still, Adams won by a fairly comfortable margin of four seconds.

 

Girls (11-16)

 

Continuing the Monster Energy win streak in girl’s and women’s racing at the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Texan Kyleigh Stallings, aboard a Husqvarna, raced to victory in the opening moto of the Girls 11-16 class. Stallings would get out of the first lap in 2nd place behind KTM racer Lachlan Turner. Stallings then took the lead on lap two with a blistering 1:14.172 – the class’ fast lap of the day – and led through the checkers over fellow Husqvarna pilot Landrey Hazen (by 12.4 seconds).

 

Mini Sr. 2 (13-15)

 

California’s Landen Gordon (Husqvarna) won the second Mini Sr. 2 Moto on Wednesday and is in the class’ overall lead with one moto to go. The Monster Energy-backed racer led KTM’s Thomas Wood (Georgia) from start to finish after Wood beat Gordon by just over a second on Tuesday. Catch a good spot on the fence early for the third and deciding moto in this one! Also for Monster Energy in Mini Sr. 2 class racing, Arizona’s Jeremy Fappani (KTM) moved up to 3rd overall in the standing with a 3rd place finish in Moto 2 (to go with a 6th place finish in Moto 1 on Tuesday).

 

125 C

 

Monster Energy-backed Keegan Rowley (KTM) moved into 1st place overall in the 125 C class standings with a Moto 2 victory on Wednesday. Rowley topped Yamaha racers James Grace and Cason Pinkston, 2nd and 3rd overall respectively, in Moto 2 to take the overall class lead with one moto to go. Rowley also has a top-five (5th place) finish in the 250 C Jr. Limited (12-17) class opening moto.

 

Also noteworthy from Wednesday at Loretta’s was Monster Energy’s Larry Reyes Jr., who scored a podium 3rd place finish in the opening moto of the 450 B Limited class. The Texan, aboard a Yamaha, battled back from 9th on the opening lap to make the podium. Monster Energy’s Logan Best (Yamaha) placed 3rd on Wednesday in the 125 (12-17) B/C class, adding another podium finish to Tuesday’s 2nd place finish in the Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C class.

That’s it from Wednesday’s races at the 40th running of the Monster Energy AMA Amateur Motocross Championship. Racing continues Thursday, Aug. 5th at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Stay tuned for more updates and info on the event.

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