Story and photos by Michael Marino
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jarret Frye, Nate Thrasher and Ryder DiFrancesco were among the big winners Monday at the 2019 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, an AMA Major Event.
The three were among 23 riders who won a total of 34 main event races on a modified version of this year’s Daytona Supercross track. The two-day event kicked off on Sunday with heat races.
Class winners were awarded AMA No. 1 plates.
Jarrett Frye collecting one of the three AMA No. 1 plates he won on Monday
Frye, of Mechanicsville, Md., put in the strongest performance on the day. The Yamaha rider won all three main events he entered, claiming the 450 B, Schoolboy 2 (12-17) and 250 B class titles.
“I had really good starts in all three motos,” he said. “I tried to ride smart and smooth and came out with three championships.”
One of the nine riders to win two class titles was 2018 AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year Nate Thrasher. The KTM rider from Livingston, Tenn., won the 125cc and Schoolboy 1 (12-17) championships.
“The track really shaped up nice today,” he said. “I just tried to hit my marks all day and was getting good starts all day. It’s been a good time at Daytona.”
Ryder DiFrancesco made two trips to the winner's podium on Monday
Another of the riders to win two class titles was 2018 U.S. World Junior Motocross Championship team member Ryder DiFrancesco. The Kawasaki rider and Bakersfield, Calif., resident emerged victorious in the Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) and Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) classes.
“I just tried to run my own race,” he said. “I was hitting my lines all day. I’ve now won 10 championships here in Daytona.”
Other riders who won two class titles were Derek Leatherman of New Oxford, Pa.; Jace Kessler of Eagle, Mich.; Seth Hammaker of Bainbridge, Pa.; Daxton Bennick of Morganton, N.C.; Greg Schnell of Burleson, Texas; Kai Jun Simons of Tallahassee, Fla.; and John Grewe of Rockford, Mich.
Spectators were treated to 34 editions of high-flying motocross racing action on Monday
For the amateur-level event, the track was changed to make it rideable for motocross racers of all skill levels.
AMA Motocross Manager Alex Hunter said the changes included shortening the layout, removing the whoops section and taming the rhythm sections.
Nearly 850 competitors raced in 34 main events on Monday.