HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – The 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL crowned 19 National Champions on Friday as the penultimate day of racing took place at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Factory Connection/AMSOIL Honda’s RJ Hampshire is well on his way to earning the coveted AMA Horizon Award after posting a flawless 6-0 win record. Hampshire came into the final set of motos with a load of confidence behind him, putting forth a dominant performance in Open Pro Sport after inheriting the lead from Bell Holeshot winner Jerry Robin early on.
Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki’s Colt Nichols took second in Moto 3, which was good enough for second overall in the class (3-2-2). Yamaha/bLU cRU’s Aaron Plessinger had a tough run earlier in the week after a big crash in the 250 A class knocked him out of title contention, but the Ohio native bounced back in Open Pro Sport to capture third overall with 2-3-3 moto scores.
The final 250 A moto showcased perhaps some of the most exciting action within the A divisions, capping off with a close battle for the lead between Hampshire and Luke Renzland. In attempt to end Hampshire’s perfect record, Renzland dug deep in Moto 3 and applied pressure on the newly crowned champion but it wasn’t enough to seal the deal in the end. With moto scores of 4-2-2, Renzland secured second overall, while Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge rounded out the podium with moto scores of 2-8-4.
Lorenzo Locurcio dominated the 450 B moto to the tune of 1-2-1 scores to capture his first title at Loretta Lynn’s. Later in the day, Luocurcio capped his week by finishing second in 250 B. Yamaha made it a clean sweep in 250 B, with Tristan Charboneau (2-1-1) capturing the title and Ryan Surratt (5-6-3) rounding out the podium.
After sweeping the first two motos of the College B/C class, Stone Edler held a commanding lead over the field as they entered the final moto. RJ Wageman made a last ditch run for the championship by grabbing the Bell Holeshot, while Elder sat in 29th following a bad start. Ashton Hayes eventually passed Wageman for the lead while Elder worked his way all the way up to sixth, which was good enough to keep the championship. Wageman (6-4-2) finished second overall, with Salvatore Colangelo (2-7-4) in third.