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2022 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR NATIONALS: CONCLUSION

The Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship wrapped through to Saturday from Tennessees Loretta Lynn Ranch with the rest of the 17 classes crowned. GASGAS Factory Amateur Team rider Caden Braswell received the prestigious honor of the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award as the utmost promising talent in amateur motocross, while NSA Yamaha Factory Amateur Teams Avery Long earned AMA Amateur Racer of the entire year honors and Husqvarna Factory Amateur Teams Casey Cochran was named AMA Youth Racer of the entire year.

The 2022 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship concluded on Saturday. Photo: Align Media

Moto 3: Open Pro Sport

With a two-point lead entering Saturdays final Open Pro Sport moto, all eyes were on Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Greens Ryder DiFrancesco as he looked to overcome his hardship from the 250 Pro Sport class and end his amateur career with among Loretta Lynns most high-profile championships. Unfortunately, another challenging third moto led to additional heartbreak for the California rider.

Once the third and final moto got underway it wasnt a surprise to once more see Phoenix Racing Hondas Heath Harrison out front with the STACYC Holeshot, accompanied by Monster Energy/SlamLife Racing Hondas Cole Martinez and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racings Talon Hawkins. DiFrancesco, meanwhile, started his moto in 16th place, but crashed in the first laps and dropped beyond your top 30, which added an insurmountable quantity of pressure along with his championship rival battling for the lead.

Out front, Harrison and Martinez duked it out just like the veteran racers they’re. Martinez could make the pass for the lead following a couple laps and slowly began to create a gap. Harrison then asserted his your hands on second. Because the moto wore on, GASGAS Factory Amateur Race Teams Caden Braswell was on a torrid charge through the field after starting in 11th place. Braswells climb up the running order moved him into third late in the moto and allowed him to place pressure on Harrison in the closing stages.

Martinez never faced a significant challenge all of those other way and took an urgent moto win, which led to a surprise Open Pro Sport title. Braswell fought to the finish and earned a runner-up finish, while Harrison followed in third.

In his first appearance at the Ranch in over ten years, Martinez captured probably the most coveted Loretta Lynns class championships with 4-3-1 moto finishes and seven total points.

Braswell finished with a quiet runner-up effort in Open Pro Sport with 7-1-2 moto finishes and 10 points. That, coupled with his championship effort in 250 Pro Sport ultimately brought him the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award.

Open Pro Sport Moto 3 Top 5

Cole Martinez, Camp Verde, Ariz., Honda

Caden Braswell, Shalimar, Fla., GASGAS

Heath Harrison Silverhill, Ala., Honda

Talon Hawkins, Temecula, Calif., Husqvarna

Gage Linville, Lake Park, Ga., Yamaha

Open Pro Sport Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Cole Martinez, Camp Verde, Ariz., Honda (4-3-1 // 8)

Caden Braswell, Shalimar, Fla., GASGAS (7-1-2 // 10)

Gage Linville, Lake Park, Ga., Yamaha (2-6-5 // 13)

Cole Martinez emerged because the surprise winner of the Open Pro Sport title. Photo: Align Media
Caden Braswell was named the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award recipient. Photo: Align Media

Moto 3: Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C

While things didnt necessarily workout in his favor in 250 B, Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racings Haiden Deegan was certainly on point all week in Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C. Entering Saturdays finale, the second-generation racer handily won the initial two motos as soon as again stepped up when it mattered probably the most in Moto 3.

Deegan was among three riders jockeying for the lead because the field exited the initial turn to start out Moto 3, but he showed some early aggression to say control of the very best spot. The clear track allowed him to push the pace on the opening lap and build an early on gap on KTM Orange Brigades Daxton Bennick.

A confident Deegan continued to increase his advantage with fast and consistent lap times which were way too much for his competitors to overcome. In his debut with the Star Yamaha effort Deegan complete the moto sweep in Schoolboy 2, several seconds before Bennick, while Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Greens Preston Boespflug rounded out the very best three.

The initial big bike title for Deegan put the finishing touches on a challenging week where he showed hell be someone to watch as he continues his progression. He now has seven Loretta Lynns championships to his name.

Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C Moto 3 Top 5

Haiden Deegan, Cleveland, N.C., Yamaha

Daxton Bennick, Morgnton, N.C., KTM

Preston Boespflug, Battle Ground, Wash., Kawasaki

Trevor Colip, Bowling Green, Ind., GASGAS

Casey Benard Jr., Gilbert, Ariz., KTM

Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Haiden Deegan, Cleveland, N.C., Yamaha (1-1-1 // 3)

Daxton Bennick, Morgnton, N.C., KTM (2-2-2 // 6)

Preston Boespflug, Battle Ground, Wash., Kawasaki (4-4-3 // 11)

Haiden Deegan captured his first big bike title in Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C. Photo: Align Media

Moto 3: Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C

Fresh off a triumphant outing on Friday in the 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C class, all eyes were on Husqvarna Factory Amateur Race Teams Casey Cochran entering the 3rd and final moto in Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C. The Florida rider sat in a three-way tie with BJ Stevens KTMs Noah Stevens and NSA Yamaha Factory Amateur Teams Logan Best atop the entire classification because the gate dropped on Moto 3, which set the stage for a dramatic final showdown.

Fittingly, the best trio emerged from their final gate drop at the top of the pack, with Stevens earning the STACYC Holeshot. Stevens and Best were side-by-side through the opening turns before Best grabbed your hands on the very best spot with Stevens second and Cochran third. In his quest for the lead Stevens had hook bobble that briefly stalled his momentum after his KTM got stuck in a rut. That caused connection with Cochran because the Husqvarna rider attemptedto avoid his rival and fell to the bottom. Stevens could resume and dropped one spot back again to third, while Cochran lost four positions.

That incident put Best right into a comfortable spot out front, but he too encountered misfortune and transpired, which handed the result in C & G Drilling KTMs Jeremiah Willoughby. After pacing the field for a couple of laps Willoughby lost the result in Stevens and crashed a short while later.

Stevens became the races third different leader and enjoyed a multi-second lead because the moto passed the halfway mark, but he soon had company as Cochran was on the charge. After getting into podium position, he wasted short amount of time to make the pass for second to create his sights on the lead. Cochran laid down the fastest lap of the moto to erase his deficit to Stevens and following a brief battle for the positioning, Cochran seized control of the moto and quickly tested. The Husqvarna rider stormed to fourth straight moto win of the week, with Stevens second and Best third.

Cochrans emphatic victory put the exclamation point on 3-1-1 moto finishes, which led to his second Loretta Lynns championship of the week and the fifth of his career. Those performances made him a clear choice to get AMA Youth Racer of the entire year honors.

Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C Moto 3 Top 5

Casey Cochran, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna

Logan Best, North Port, Fla., Yamaha

Noah Stevens, Danbury, N.C., KTM

Collin Allen, Clayton, N.C., Yamaha

Jeremiah Willoughby, Byers, Colo., KTM

Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Casey Cochran, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (2-1-1 // 3)

Noah Stevens, Danbury, N.C., KTM (5-2-3 // 10)

Klark Robbins, Shamong, N.J., KTM (6-3-6 // 15)

Casey Cochran earned his second championship of the week in Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C. Photo: Align Media

Moto 3: Supermini 1 (12-15) & Supermini 2 (13-16)

All week long the Supermini classes featured head-to-head battles between KTM Orange Brigades Jeremy Fappani and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTMs Leum Oehlhof and that continued in the deciding moto for both Supermini 1 (12-15) and Supermini 2 (13-16).

The 3rd and final Supermini 1 moto saw both riders put themselves in the mix off the beginning, where Oehlhof had the edge initially starting a couple of positions before Fappani. What followed was a fantastic race where the title combatants had to also battle against GASGAS Factory Amateur Race Teams Tiger Wood and Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Greens Landen Gordon. Wood controlled the race early, as Oehlhof and Fappani fought for second. Fappani made the pass happen and found his way in to the lead. Oehlhof, meanwhile, encountered brief misfortune and dropped to fourth, which became the deciding element in the title fight. While Fappani seemed to have the moto at hand, a difficult charge by Gordon in the late stages of the moto saw the Kawasaki rider transfer to the lead. Fappani fought back but endured some miscues that caused him to reduce touch with Gordon. The Kawasaki rider brought home the moto win, but Fappanis runner-up finish was enough to summary the championship.

While he missed from a sweep of the motos, Fappanis 1-1-2 finishes were enough to provide the Arizona native his first Loretta Lynns title in what has served as a breakout event for the young rider.

When Fappani and Oehlhof returned to the track to start the ultimate Supermini 2 moto, both riders sat an individual point behind Wood in the entire classification. That ultimately set the stage for a winner-take-all moto between your three riders. Once the racing got underway Wood did just what he had a need to do and put his GASGAS at the top of the pack. Exactly the same four riders occupied the very best four spots on the track because the moto took shape, where Oehlhof soon emerged because the fastest of the group. After starting fourth, Oehlhof charged around second and stalked Wood for 1 / 2 of the moto before he made the winning pass. In his effort to fight Wood encountered misfortune and crashed. While he held to second, he lost invaluable ground to Oehlhof. Fappani, meanwhile, endured some misfortune of their own and dropped to 10th place before investing in an extraordinary rebound effort. However, it ended any hopes of a Supermini sweep at Oehlhof took an emphatic and championship-winning moto victory. Oehlhof (1-4-1) and Wood (3-1-2) completed their Supermini 2 journey tied atop the entire standings, but along with his Moto 3 win Oehlhof earned the all-important tiebreaker to secure his first Loretta Lynns title in only his second appearance at the Ranch.

Supermini 1 (12-15) Moto 3 Top 5

Landen Gordon, Atascadero, Calif., Kawasaki

Jeremy Fappani, Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM

Tiger Wood, Cairo, Ga., GASGAS

Leum Oehlhof, Oak Hills, Calif., KTM

Nathan Abbott, Thousand Oaks, Calif., GASGAS

Supermini 1 (12-15) Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Jeremy Fappani, Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM (1-1-2 // 4)

Leum Oehlhof, Oak Hills, Calif., KTM (2-2-4 // 8)

Tiger Wood, Cairo, Ga., GASGAS (3-3-3 // 9)

Supermini 2 (13-16) Moto 3 Top 5

Leum Oehlhof, Oak Hills, Calif., KTM

Tiger Wood, Cairo, Ga., GASGAS

Landen Gordon, Atascadero, Calif., Kawasaki

Jeremy Fappani, Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM

Gavin Betts, Clifton Park, N.Y., KTM

Supermini 2 (13-16) Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Leum Oehlhof, Oak Hills, Calif., KTM (1-4-1 // 6)

Tiger Wood, Cairo, Ga., GASGAS (3-1-2 // 6)

Landen Gordon, Atascadero, Calif., Kawasaki (4-2-3 // 9)

Jeremy Fappani earned his first Loretta Lynns title in Supermini 1 (12-15). Photo: Align Media
Leum Oehlhof prevailed along with his maiden Loretta Lynns championship in Supermini 2 (13-16). Photo: Align Media

Moto 3: Junior (25+)

When he entered Saturdays action Monster Energy/SlamLife Racing Hondas Cole Martinez had the majority of his focus devoted to closing out an extraordinary week in Junior (25+) where he previously won the initial two motos and arrived to Moto 3 in charge of the championship battle. A fierce struggle with SmartTop/MotoConcepts Hondas Mike Alessi meant Martinez could have his work cut right out for him on the ultimate gate drop, and he was forced to dig deep to grab a deserving championship.

Once the race got underway Phoenix Racing Hondas Heath Harrison and Alessi duked it out for the lead while Martinez had one of is own worst starts of the week and slotted into fifth. The battle out front was temporary as Harrison encountered misfortune and dropped out from the race, which gave Alessi a cushty lead on the field.

Along with his rival out front, Martinez visited work and picked his way forward. He fought his way around third and rode in podium position for some of the moto. In the closing laps he took benefit of misfortune for Crosley Radio KTMs Jacob Baumert, which moved the Honda rider into second and effectively wrapped up the title. Alessi continued to the Moto 3 win, while Martinez followed in second.

Martinezs impressive 1-1-2 moto finishes allowed him to edge out Alessi by way of a single point and earn his first Loretta Lynns championship, in what will be the to begin two titles in a memorable go back to the Ranch.

Junior (25+) Moto 3 Top 5

Cole Martinez, Camp Verde, Ariz., Honda

Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Honda

Luke Vonlinger, Stanford, Ky., Honda

Jacob Baumert, Buckner, N.Y., KTM

Brandon Haas, Chesterfield, S.C., Yamaha

Junior (25+) Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Cole Martinez, Camp Verde, Ariz., Honda (1-1-2 // 4)

Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Honda (2-2-1 // 5)

Jacob Baumert, Buckner, N.Y., KTM (3-3-4 // 10)

Cole Martinez kicked off his memorable Saturday with the Junior (25+) title. Photo: Align Media

Moto 3: WMX

The battle for the WMX crown is definitely being among the most competitive at the Ranch each summer which years title fight was no different. After Fasthouse KTMs Viviana Contreras made the opening statement of the week with the Moto 1 win, defending class champion and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Kawasaki rider Sophia Phelps responded with a moto win of her very own to go into control of the title fight. Because the field entered Saturdays final moto, Phelps sat tied with KTM Orange Brigades Tayler Allred, who was simply probably the most consistent rider of the week.

Because the gate dropped on Moto 3, various fortunes faced all three riders. Contreras emerged with the very best begin in eighth, while Allred followed in 10th. Phelps was nowhere found, mired beyond your top 20 in 22nd place, but regardless of the early adversity, the Utah natives quest had only begun.

Trail Jesters KTMs Korie Steede controlled a lot of the final moto and were able to open up a wholesome lead that surpassed five seconds. As she led just how, the eye shifted to Phelps incredible climb through the field. The Kawasaki rider broke in to the top 10 after just a couple of laps and laid down the fastest laps on the track to keep picking off riders. She first closed in on Allred and made quick work of her main championship rival in a pass for fifth. Phelps then closed in on Contreras for an area on the podium. She showed patience and made her move and ultimately climbed from fourth to second with a spread both Contreras and Troy Lee Designs GASGAS Hannah Hodges. On the ultimate lap of the moto Steede lost her your hands on the lead in an instant of misfortune that ultimately saw her drop to fifth. That opened the entranceway for Phelps to assume the very best spot and buying an emphatic championship-winning moto victory that seemed unlikely on the outset of the moto.

Phelps impressive resiliency became the sign of her successful defense of the WMX crown, with 3-1-1 moto finishes that easily helped her earn back-to-back Loretta Lynns championships.

WMX Moto 3 Top 5

Sophia Phelps, St. George, Utah, Kawasaki

Vivian Contreras, Wildomar, Calif., KTM

Tayler Allred, Riverton, Utah, KTM

Hannah Hodges, Pierson, Fla., GASGAS

Korie Steede, Beloit, Ohio, KTM

WMX Overall Podium (Moto Finishes // Event Score)

Sophia Phelps, St. George, Utah, Kawasaki (3-1-1 // 5)

Tayler Allred, Riverton, Utah, KTM (2-2-3 // 7)

Vivian Contreras, Wildomar, Calif., KTM (1-6-2 // 9)

Sophia Phelps successfully defended her championship in WMX. Photo: Align Media

AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Saturday Moto Winners

Moto 3

250 C: Jordan Pittenger, Veradale, Wash., Husqvarna

College (18-24): Gage Stine, Woodboro, Md., GASGAS

65cc (7-9): Sawyer Gieck, Alpine, Wyo., KTM

250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited: Ryder Bell, Haiku, Hawaii, Honda

450 B Limited: Avery Long, New London, Minn., Yamaha

85cc (10-12) Limited: Vincent Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna

Senior (45+): Gregory Pamart, Birdsboro, Pa., Kawasaki

250 C Limited: Ryder Bell, Haiku, Hawaii, Honda

Girls (11-16): Kyleigh Stallings, Austin, Texas, Husqvarna

65cc (10-11): Maddox Temmerman, Visalia, Calif., Husqvarna

AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Saturday Champions

250 C: Dawson Cobb, Honea Path, S.C., KTM

College (18-24): Gage Stine, Woodboro, Md., GASGAS

65cc (7-9): Sawyer Gieck, Alpine, Wyo., KTM

250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited: Ryder Bell, Haiku, Hawaii, Honda

450 B Limited: Avery Long, New London, Minn., Yamaha

85cc (10-12) Limited: Landon Gibson, Peachtree City, Ga., KTM

Senior (45+): Jimmy Jarrett, Star, Idaho, KTM

250 C Limited: Ryder Bell, Haiku, Hawaii, Honda

Girls (11-16): Kyleigh Stallings, Austin, Texas, Husqvarna

65cc (10-11): Maddox Temmerman, Visalia, Calif., Husqvarna

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