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Opening Day At AMA National Motocross Championship

Aug 042021

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.

 

 

250 B

 

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.

 

 

Supermini 1 (12-15)

 

How about a Supermini 1 (12-15) class Top Five Sweep for Monster Energy! Huge day in the class for Monster Energy racers. Led by California’s Haiden Deegan (KTM) in 1st,  Florida’s Casey Cochran (Gas Gas) in 2nd and California’s Enzo Temmerman (KTM) in 3rd,  Monster Energy’s Krystian Janik (Illinois/Kawasaki), and Adler Caudle (Oklahoma/KTM) would make it a complete sweep of the top five in one of the fan-favorite classes. Nice going, boys! Pour it on the rest of the week!

 

Mini Sr 1 (12-14) & Mini Sr 2 (13-15)

 

Maybe the biggest day for any Monster Energy racer at Loretta’s on Tuesday was put in by California’s Landen Gordon. The Husqvarna racer won the opening moto of the Mini Sr 1 (12-14) class, then backed that up with a 2nd place podium finish in the Mini Sr 2 (13-15) class. The five-time Mammoth MX winner also captured Loretta’s title in 2019 (65cc 10-11 Limited). We’ll for sure keep an eye on him this week. Nice going, Landen! In addition, placing on the podium in the Mini Sr 2 (13-15) class was Californian Alvin Hillan. Racing aboard the Italian-made TM brand, Hillan would also make the top five (5th) in the Mini Sr 1 (12-14) class. Nice going as well, Alvin! Adding a respectable 4th place finish in the Mini Sr 2 (13-15) class was Georgia’s Thor Powell on the Babbitt's/Monster Energy/Kawasaki ride.

Women

 

Monster Energy would stack three racers in the top five of the Women’s class, including opening moto winner Tayler Allred(KTM) from Utah. Last year’s runner-up in the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship’s Women’s class, Allred topped fellow Utahan Sophia Phelps (Kawasaki) in 2nd place and Florida’s Hannah Hodges in 3rd. Placing 4th, in her first year in the Women’s class – having moved up after winning last year’s Girls 11-16 title – was Monster Army’s, Katie Benson. And Benson was joined in the top five by Team Babbit's/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Korie Steede (Ohio) in 5thplace. So a really good showing in the opening moto by Monster Energy’s rippin’ ladies!

 

85 (12-14)

 

Opening with a big 3rd place podium finish in front of the hometown fans in the 85cc 10-12 class was Tennessee’s own Drew Adams (Kawasaki). The multi-time Loretta’s champion (50cc 7-8 in 2017, 65cc 7-9 in ’19), Adams has been on a tear on the KX85s, winning events from Florida (Mini O’s) to California (Mammoth) in the past year. Adams will also compete with the boys closer to his age, contesting the 85cc 10-12 class, later this week. He’ll certainly be one of the favorites to challenge for the win in that class.

 

125 (12-17) B/C

 

Florida’s Logan Best, a Captain in the Monster Army and runner-up to winner Deegan last year in the Mini Sr classes, moved up and made the podium in 3rd place in the opening moto of the 125 (12-17) B/C class.

That’s it from Tuesday’s races at the 40th running of the Monster Energy AMA Amateur Motocross Championship. Racing continues Wednesday, Aug. 4th at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Stay tuned for more updates!

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