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.