The gate dropped Tuesday on the opening day of racing at the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship… and when the dust cleared and checkers flew, Monster Energy-backed racers were all over the podium in the first of three motos to decide who’s the best amateur motocross racers in the nation.
From little dudes to in-between dudes, and from big dudes to women, here’s a look at how the Monster Energy athletes faired at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch on Tuesday.
Opening with what you might call the premier support class (to the Open classes), the 250 B class, Monster Energy racers made it a clean sweep of the opening moto podium. New York’s Nick Romano would put his Yamaha in 1st place, followed by fellow Yamaha pilot Gage Linville (Georgia) in 2nd place. And completing the 250 B opening moto podium sweep for Monster Energy was Kawasaki-mounted Gavin Towers from Pennsylvania. Linville would also go on to contest the 250 BLimited class, managing the 8th place finish the opening moto.
250 Pro Sport
Bit of an upset in the opening moto of the premier 250 Pro Sport class as Monster Energy’s Levi Kitchen, who clocked the class's fastest lap time in Monday’s practice (1:53.055), placed 3rd in the opening moto. Up top in that class was Wyoming’s Preston Kilroy (Suzuki), followed by Oregon’s Austin Black (Gas Gas) in 2nd. Kitchen, the defending 450 B Limited and 250 B Limited class champion at Loretta’s, has two more shots at putting Kilroy and Black in the rearview mirror in order to claim the prestigious 250 Pro Sport title.
Also in the 250 Pro Sport class, Monster Energy’s Chance Hymas, who was 2nd behind Kitchen yesterday in practice with a 1:53.108 lap time – and the second gate pick today (behind Kitchen) – was only able to manage a 7th place finish in the opening moto. Also placing in the top five n the class for Monster Energy was California’s Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki) who secured a solid 4th place finish, while Monster Army member Jack Chambers (KTM) out of Florida would crack the top ten in 9th with a good ride.