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AMA Awards 35 National Championships at Amateur National Motocross Championship

| 9 August 2017 4:57 pm

Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Loretta Lynn Ranch

Courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association
Photos by David Smith
HURRICANE MILLS, TN, AUG. 5, 2017

Thirty-five AMA National Championships were awarded, and four racers were recognized for their impressive performances, when racing concluded at the 2017 Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship that took place July 31 through August 5 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship ran from July 31 through August 5 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship ran from July 31 through August 5 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

Thirty riders took home the 35 AMA National number-one plates, with five of those riders securing two AMA National Championships apiece.

“It is with great pride and confidence that I say the Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship was a huge success,” said AMA motocross manager Kip Bigelow. “We would like to congratulate the 30 newly crowned AMA National Champions, as well as all of the talented racers who showcased their skills in the country’s most prestigious amateur motocross event.”

Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner Justin Cooper.

Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner Justin Cooper.

Justin Cooper hefts his hard-won hardware.

Justin Cooper hefts his hard-won hardware.

Justin Cooper of Cold Spring Harbor, New York, was honored with the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award after claiming the AMA National Championship for both classes in which he competed – Open Pro Sport and 250cc A – aboard his Rock River bLU cRU Yamaha.

The Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award recognizes the rider best prepared for the professional ranks, based on their attitude, enthusiasm and past performances as an Amateur. The award was recently renamed in honor of 2002 AMA Superbike Champion and 2006 FIM MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May and was the inaugural winner of the AMA Horizon Award in 1997.

Based on his two AMA National Championships in the Junior (Over 25) and Senior (Over 40) classes, Mike Brown of Bluff City, Tennessee, was named AMA Vet/ Senior Racer of the Year. Brown swept both classes on his Rockstar Husqvarna, taking first place in all six motos in which he competed.

Fox Racing’s Ty Masterpool of Paradise, Texas, was the recipient of the AMA Youth Racer of the Year, after winning AMA National Championships in the Supermini 1 (12-15) and Supermini 2 (13-16) classes aboard his TM.

Ty Masterpool is the 2017 AMA Youth Racer of the Year.

Ty Masterpool is the 2017 AMA Youth Racer of the Year.

The AMA Amateur Racer of the Year was Garrett Marchbanks of Coalville, Utah. Marchbanks won two AMA National Championships aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green machine. Marchbanks took all three moto wins in the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) class and finished with a second and two firsts for the overall in the 250cc B class.

(From left to right) AMA Vet Senior Rider of the Year Mike Brown, AMA Amateur Racer of the Year Garrett Marchbanks, and Youth Racer of the Year Ty Masterpool.

(From left to right) AMA Vet Senior Rider of the Year Mike Brown, AMA Amateur Racer of the Year Garrett Marchbanks, and Youth Racer of the Year Ty Masterpool.

“The success of this event would not be possible without the support and partnership we share with MX Sports,” said AMA racing director Kevin Crowther. “Each year, the MX Sports team does an exceptional job of organizing the event and making it an outstanding experience for AMA members.”

Crowther also thanked all of the AMA staff and volunteers who played a critical part in the overall success of the event.

2017 AMA Amateur National Motocross Champions

OPEN PRO SPORT: Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

125 C: Jeffrey Chambers, Punta Gorda, Florida

250 A: Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

250 B: Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah

250 B LTD: Derek Drake, Sand Luis Obispo, California

250 C: Stockton Stinebaugh, Caddo Mills, Texas

250 C LTD: Stockton Stinebaugh, Caddo Mills, Texas

250 C JR (12-17) LTD: Rene Rodriguez, Layton, Utah

450 B: Brock Papi, Groveland, Florida

450 B LTD: Ezra Hastings, Aurora, Indiana

450 C: Wesley Allen, Fairfax, South Carolina

COLLEGE (18-24): Tanner Basso, Alpine, California

JR (25+): Mike Brown, Bluff City, Tennessee

VET (30+): Taylor Painter, Cleburne, Texas

SR (40+): Mike Brown, Bluff City, Tennessee

SR (45+): Jay Wagner, Warsaw, Indiana

MASTERS (50+): John Grewe, Rockford, Michigan

51 (4-6) SPECIAL LTD: Roxyn Rinehart, Anniston, Alabama

51 (4-6) SHAFT DRIVE LTD: Landon Balmer, Hammonton, New Jersey

51 (4-6) LTD: Wyatt Thurman, Temecula, California

51 (7-8) LTD: Drew Adams, Chattanooga, Tennessee

65 (9-7) LTD: Kade Johnson, Hideaway, Texas

65 (10-11) LTD: Casey Cochran, Culloden, Georgia

65 (7-11): Haiden Deegan, Temecula, California

85 (9-11) LTD: Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, California

85 (9-12): Jett Reynolds, Bakersfield, California

MINI SR 1 (12-13): Matthew Leblanc, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

MINI SR 2 (12-14): Kaeden Amerine, Great Bend, Kansas

SUPERMINI 1 (12-15): Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas

SUPERMINI 2 (13-16): Ty Masterpool, Paradise Texas

125 (12-16) B/C: Carter Biese, Appleton, Wisconsin

SCHOOLBOY 1 (12-16): Mason Gonzales, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

SCHOOLBOY 2 (12-17) B/C: Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah

GIRLS (11-16): Taylor Allred, Riverton, Utah

WOMEN (12+) AM: Hannah Hodges, Deland, Florida

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit, member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling-rights and event-sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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