Hampshire & Alldredge Star At Loretta Lynn’s
HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Racing resumed on Wednesday at Loretta Lynn Ranch for day two of the 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL.
With blue skies and moderate temperatures, race conditions were ideal as riders embarked on their second set of motos for what will be a three-race national championship format. A few fresh faces graced the center of the podium for day two, but with so many intense battles and even a few 1-1 sweeps thus far many championship scenarios are beginning to take form.
In his last official race as an amateur, Factory Connection/AMSOIL Honda’s R.J. Hampshire is well on his way to earning his first AMA Amateur National Championship at Loretta Lynn’s having now captured three consecutive moto wins between the Open Pro Sport and 250 A classes.
After sweeping both of Tuesday’s opening motos, Hampshire kept his streak alive with another win in the Open Pro Sport division. It’s not over until it’s over, though, especially with the consistency and speed of Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki’s Colt Nichols and bLU cRu/Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger, who have traded positions on the podium through the first two motos of the Open Pro Sport class.
Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge established himself as another top contender in the A division, carrying two podium finishes into the third day of racing.
In Moto 1 of the 450 A Class, Alldredge grabbed the Bell Holeshot Award and led from start to finish. Meanwhile, a battle ensued for second place between Daniel Baker and Chandler Lindsay. Baker held on for second, with a hard charging Luke Renzland coming back from a 16th-place start to secure the last podium spot. Lindsay finished fourth.
In the intermediate division, Tristan Charboneau captured his first moto win of the week in 450 B after grabbing a commanding holeshot over the field. The real battle took place behind the leader, though, with Timmy Badour, Salvatore Colangelo, Jamison Duclos and Mason Maahs. Colangelo secured the second place, with Badour landing the final podium position.
After a big crash on Tuesday, Alexander Frye came out swinging in 250 B Limited Moto 1 to capture the Bell Holeshot Award and the early lead. It wasn’t long before Frye went down again, and Bradley Taft moved into the lead position with Chase Bell close behind. Ryan Surratt caught up to Bell and the duo battled it out until Surratt made his move to take over second and Frye followed suit. In a chaotic ending, it was Taft who took the win, followed by Surratt and Frye.
The 250 C class saw an exciting battle for the lead between Yamaha-mounted Chad Saultz, the Kawasaki rider of Draken Jaynes and Justin Boyd. The trio battled back and forth but in the end it was Jaynes who held on for the win, with Jean Bujold and Nicolas Rolando on the podium. In the 250 C Limited Moto 1, Cole Conatser emerged victorious with Branden O’Neal and Reg Magyar close in tow.
The minicycle classes once again showcased great battles, beginning with the opening moto of the Super Mini 2 (13-16) class. Big names such as Sean Cantrell, Austin Forkner and Tanner Stack lined up for this one, along with several more heavy hitters. Cantrell took the early lead, with Kevin Moranz, Forkner, Joey Crown and Max Markolf close in tow. Forkner caught the rear of Cantrell and the duo went to battle for the lead spot. Toward the end, Forkner made his way around Cantrell for the lead and never looked back.
In the 65 (7-11) class, it was Josh Varize who came out on top, with Jett Reynolds in the second-place position and Maximus Vohland rounding out the top three.