PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The best amateur motocross racers in America stood triumphant as the 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, came to a close in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The event, which took place Aug. 1-6 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch, produced 37 championships and recognized four riders for truly outstanding performances.
Chase Sexton of La Moille, Ill., captured the prestigious AMA Motocross Horizon Award. The award is given to a rider who shows the most promise as he or she prepares to enter the professional ranks. The 16-year-old won the Open Pro Sport class and took second overall in the 250 A class on his Honda. Sexton also captured the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:52.716.
Chase Sexton, 2016 AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner. Photo: RaceDayPix
"Chase had a stellar week, and it's our pleasure to congratulate him on earning the 2016 AMA Motocross Horizon Award," said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow. "Chase and the event's other champions not only raced through a challenging week against the country's best, but they rose through an increasingly competitive AMA Area Qualifier and Regional Championship program to earn their spot at the national."
Cumbow also recognized the work of longtime event promoter MX Sports and others for making the event a success.
"MX Sports does an exceptional job organizing this outstanding event for AMA members year after year," Cumbow said. "The track builder for the event, Randy Poulter, set up a track that challenged the racers in creative ways. I'd also like to acknowledge the hard work of AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow and Assistant Motocross Manager Mike Pelletier, who did a great job during a long and challenging, but very rewarding, event."
The true star of the week was Sexton, of course, who will be racing his first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race this weekend at Unadilla on the GEICO Honda team. He plans to finish the pro motocross season and race for the team in the 2017 AMA Supercross season.
"It means a lot [to win the AMA Motocross Horizon Award]," Sexton said. "I've been wanting to win ever since I've been on an 85[cc bike]."
The AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year Award went to 16-year-old Jordan Bailey of Orlando, Fla., who claimed the 250 B and Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C championships on his Kawasaki. The award recognizes an outstanding non-A-class rider at the event who is projected to make a stellar debut in the A-class.
Jordan Bailey, 2016 AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year. Photo: RaceDayPix
The AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year is 12-year-old Jett Reynolds of Bakersfield, Calif. Reynolds also received the award in 2015. This year, he captured the championships in 85cc (9-12) and 85cc (9-11) Limited on his Kawasaki. The award is presented to a rider younger than 16 and is based upon their performance at the event.
Jett Reynolds, 2016 AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year. Photo: RaceDayPix
John Grewe of Rockford, Mich., won the AMA Vet/Senior Motocross Racer of the Year Award on his Kawasaki. The 50-year-old swept all three motos to capture the Masters 50-plus national championship. He also finished second in the Senior 40-plus class.
John Grewe, 2016 AMA Vet/Senior Motocross Racer of the Year. Photo: RaceDayPix
AMA National Champions crowned at the event include:
Open Pro Sport: Chase Sexton; La Moille, Ill.
250 A: Bradley Taft; Nixa, Mo.
250 All-Star A/B (14-plus): Jerry Robin; Corcoran, Minn.
250 B Limited: Mitchell Falk; Costa Mesa, Calif.
250 B: Jordan Bailey; Orlando, Fla.
250 C Limited: Kyle White; Conroe, Texas
250 C Jr. (12-16) Limited: Caleb Weaver; Prosper, Texas
250 C: Stetson Johnson; Kuna, Idaho
450 B Limited: Wilson Fleming; Cairo, Ga.
450 B: Jake Masterpool; Paradise, Texas
450 C: Dean Taylor; Dryden, Mich.
125 (12-16) B/C: Jalek Swoll; Belleview, Fla.
College (16-24): Ryan Surratt; Corona, Calif.
Junior 25-plus: Michael Stryker; New Paltz, N.Y.
Vet 30-plus: Arik Swan; Santa Cruz, Calif.
Senior 40-plus: James Povolny; Apple Valley, Minn.
Senior 45-plus: Terry Bostard; Discovery Bay, Calif.
Masters 50-plus: John Grewe; Rockford, Mich.
51cc (4-6) Special Limited: Mason Raynor; Albertson, N.C.
51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive Limited: Kevyn De Pinho; Croydon, Pa.
51cc (4-6) Limited: Seth Dennis; Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
51cc (7-8) Limited: Luke Fauser; Midland, Pa.
65cc (7-9) Limited: Daxton Bennick; Morganton, N.C.
65cc (10-11) Limited: Hunter Yoder; Menifee, Calif.
65cc (7-11): Matthew LeBlanc; Breaux Bridge, La.
85cc (9-11) Limited: Jett Reynolds; Bakersfield, Calif.
85cc (9-12): Jett Reynolds; Bakersfield, Calif.
Mini Sr. 1 (12-13): Dilan Schwartz; Alpine, Calif.
Mini Sr. 2 (12-14): Ty Masterpool; Paradise, Texas
Super Mini 1 (12-15): Seth Hammaker; Bainbridge, Pa.
Super Mini 2 (13-16): Joe Shimoda; Menifee, Ca.
Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C: Jalek Swoll; Belleview, Fla.
Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C: Jordan Bailey; Orlando, Fla.
Girls Sr. (12-16): Jordan Jarvis; Clayton, S.C.
Girls Jr. (9-13): Tayler Allred; Riverton, Utah
Women (14-plus): Jordan Jarvis; Clayton, N.C.
Women (16-plus) All-Star: Brandy Richards; Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Complete results from the event can be found at http://lorettas.tracksideresults.com/class.asp. RacerTV.com also provided live coverage throughout the week, and the archived footage is available at RacerTV.com.
For more information about the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, see www.mxsports.com. For more information about AMA-sanctioned motocross competition, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Racing > Motocross.
About the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship represents one of the longest-running motorsports championships in the country. The AMA launched the national championship program in 1975. That year, a series of regional races qualified 135 riders in three classes -- 125cc, 250cc and Open -- for the championship round in Baldwin, Kan. The program evolved over the next few years to include additional classes, with championship finales run in varying locations across the country. In 1982, the AMA partnered with MX Sports and the event moved to its current location at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. There, the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship continues to crown the country's top amateur motocross racers every summer.
The success of the program, which has produced a long list of AMA Supercross and motocross superstars, is unmatched. Riders who have progressed through the program include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath, as well as current stars such as Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey and many more.