PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Amateur hillclimb racers from across America competed for one of 23 AMA National Championships at the 2017 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship, hosted by the Indian Head Motorcycle Club, in Red Wing, Minn., on Aug. 5-6.
“Hillclimb racers made their way to Wisconsin from all over the country to prove their talent and skill in one of the most thrilling disciplines of motorcycle racing,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “We would like to congratulate all those who participated in the event and, especially, those who were able to take home an AMA National Championship.”
Bodee O’Neil of Hager City, Wis., was honored as AMA Amateur Hillclimb Racer of the Year after winning an AMA No. 1 Plate in the 125cc, 200cc and 250cc classes. His best run of the event was in the 250cc class, taking just 6.247 seconds to reach the top of the hill.
The title of AMA Youth Hillclimb Racer of the Year went to Carson Roschen from Goodhue, Minn. Rochschen took two AMA National Championships, in the Mini Senior and Super Mini classes.
After winning the King of the Hill competition with a time of 5.588 seconds, Kirk Mueller, of La Valle, Wis., was named AMA Vet/Senior Hillclimb Racer of the Year.
“We would like to thank the Indian Motorcycle Club for putting on a great event,” Saillant said. “The success of the AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship would not be possible without their help, as well as the many AMA Track Racing Commission members and volunteers who also contributed.”
The American Motorcyclist Association would like to congratulate all the newly crowned AMA National Champions.
Micro Mini – Charlie Engnes, Bledenville, Wis.
65cc – Conner Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio
Mini Junior – Conner Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio
Mini Senior – Carson Roschen, Goodhue, Minn.
Super Mini – Carson Roschen, Goodhue, Minn.
Mini Girls – Kaly Mueller, La Valle, Wis.
125cc – Bodee O’Neil, Hager City, Wis.
200cc – Bodee O’Neil, Hager City, Wis.
250cc – Bodee O’Neil, Hager City, Wis.
450cc – Taylor O’Neil, Hager City, Wis.
600cc – Zachary Degross, Ellsworth, Wis.
750cc – Travis Schroedl, Fairfax, Minn.
Open – Kirk Mueller, La Valle, Wis.
Senior – Joel Falde, Ellsworth, Wis.
Super Senior – Mike Wood, Bay City, Wis.
Women – Casey Virkus, Ellsworth, Wis.
400 Stock – Jacob Prebe, Millville, Minn.
Open Stock – Max Skeans, Ashland, Ky.
2-Stroke – Jason Brookshaw, Ellsworth, Wis.
4-Stroke – Nathan Prebe, Frontenac, Minn.
ATV 450 – Jason Vanberg, Red Wing, Minn.
ATV Open – Scott Slater, Charleston, W.V.
ATV Senior – Jimmy Thaxton, Charleston, W.V.