Of all challenges at Loretta Lynn Ranch, home of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National, the Ten Commandments used to be the toughest. A set of ten obstacles—either small jumps or big whoops, depending on whether jumping or skimming shapes up as the fastest technique—the section has been confusing and confounding riders for decades. But the rest of the track keeps getting rougher, while the Ten Commandments remain the same.
The result is something that once seemed impossible: the Ten Commandments have gone from the toughest part of the track to a place where riders can take a breath. Championships are won and lost over the huge braking bumps, in the deep ruts and berms, and on the ever-changing lines. Indeed, in the final race of 2017, the second moto of the WMX Series’ season finale, the track gave and took. Hannah Hodges entered the last turn in the lead, but Kylie Fasnacht swept past her to steal the moto and the overall win.
The Ten Commandments to success at Loretta’s are now about much more than the actual Ten Commandments section. To win, riders must master these rules.
When a year of work comes down to a week of competition, emotions run high. The women’s and girls’ classes have a history of huge rivalries, and Jordan Jarvis and Jazzmyn Canfield are the latest in that line. In Girls (11-16), Jarvis ended her frustrating early motos in tears, Canfield went 1-1-DNF, and Taylor Allred found herself with a huge championship celebration. Hannah Hodges won in Women’s 12+, but Jarvis and Canfield battled her and got some moto wins. Hodges wasn’t even happy winning the title!