From a talented pack of over 23,000 entries, 33 AMA Amateur National Champions were crowned at the 25th annivarsary AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch presented by Amsoil. The entries at the Area and Regional qualifying levels were narrowed down to 1,386 finalists–42 per class–all of whom would compete in three 20-minute motos in Hurricane Mills, TN, to determine the 2006 champions.
Josh Hill lost a moto early to Will Hahn, but he went undefeated the rest of the week.
Much of the excitement of the race was generated from the
Vet classes, which featured a variety of ex-pros in the ranks. Nearly all of them raced in the 35+ class, and four-time AMA National Champion Jeff Emig, of California, won championship. Ohio’s Tom Carson rode a Kawasaki to his first Loretta Lynn’s title in the 45+ class, ageless Yamaha rider Doug Dubach won the 40+ class on a Yamaha, Ohio’s Mike Katin successfully defended his 30+ title on a Suzuki, and Cernic’s Kawasaki’s Jimmy Evans, of Pennsylvania, won the 25+ class. Evans has been racing at Loretta Lynn’s since 1984, and for his 1-1-1 in his class, he was awarded the AMA Vet Horizon Award.
In the minicycle ranks, Suzuki’s Jessy Nelson came from
“Everyone is pushing so hard,” said Geiger. “There are only a few spots where you can make a living as a female racer in this sport, and everyone is going for those.”
Finally the Golden State of California picked up the "state championship" award for the most success throughout the week in
The 25th Anniversary Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s is the world’s most prestigious amateur motocross race. Over 23,000 entries attempted to qualify in 33 classes for the event, which begins Monday, July 31st, with motos beginning Tuesday, August 1st and concluding on Saturday, August 5th. As proof of the importance of winning an AMA Amateur National Championship, most of today’s top motocross and supercross racers, including Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, won championships at Loretta Lynn’s before turning pro. Sponsors include Air Nautiques, Amsoil, Maxxis, Thor, Honda, Yamaha,
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