American Motorcyclist Association congratulates 2018 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship award winners, class champions

Winners to be honored during AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9

PICKERINGTON, OH – August 9, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the 28 riders who took home a total of 35 class championships at the 2018 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil this past weekend.

The AMA also congratulates Derek Drake, who won the 2018 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award; Jalek Swoll, the 2018 AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year; Nate Thrasher, 2018 AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year; and 2018 AMA Vet/Senior Motocross Racer of the Year Mike Brown.

Nate Thrasher (left) Derek Drake (center) Jalek Swoll (right)
2018 AMA Youth Motocross Rider of the Year Nate Thrasher (left), 2018 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner Derek Drake (center) and 2018 AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year Jalek Swoll (right) | photo credit: Ken Hill

The 2018 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., annually features the nation’s best amateur motocross talent.

“It was a great week of close competition among the best amateur motocross racers in the United States,” AMA Motocross Manager Ricky Rickords said. “Just qualifying for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, is a feat in itself. I offer my congratulations to the 28 riders who took home AMA No. 1 plates from the event, as well as Derek Drake, Jalek Swoll, Nate Thrasher and Mike Brown. Those four riders had incredible weekends and are deserving winners of their respective awards.”

The winners of each competition class are recognized as AMA national champions and are awarded AMA National No. 1 plates. They will be honored as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 7-9.

The AMA Championship Banquet is Dec. 8 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. Room reservations can be made at www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CMHPOHF-AMOTOA-20181205/index.jhtml. Banquet tickets will be available soon at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

The big winner of the week was Drake of San Luis Obispo, Calif., who was named the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner. Drake won the Open Pro Sport Class and 250 A Class championships at the event.

The Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award recognizes the rider best prepared for the professional ranks, based on their attitude, enthusiasm and past performances as an amateur. The award recently was renamed in honor of 2002 AMA Superbike Champion and 2006 FIM MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May 2017 and was the inaugural winner of the AMA Horizon Award in 1997.

Swoll, of Belleview, Fla., won the 250 B Class and Schoolboy 2 Class titles on his way to the AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year Award.

Michael Brown, of Bristol, Va., won the AMA Vet/Senior Motocross Racer of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Brown also won the Junior (25+) Class and Senior (40+) Class championships.

For Thrasher of Livingston, Tenn., was undefeated in all Super Mini 1 Class and Super Mini 2 Class motos at the event.

“Each year, the success of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is made possible by the support and partnership the AMA receives from MX Sports,” AMA Racing Director Kevin Crowther said. “The team at MX Sports does an outstanding job as the organizer of this great event.”

Crowther also thanked all of the AMA staff and volunteers who played a critical part in the overall success of the event.

2018 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Class Champions

Open Pro Sport: Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM
125 C: Jagger Koch, Silverthorne, Colo., Yamaha
250 A: Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM
250 B: Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna
250 B Limited: Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda
250 C: Dustin Renteria, Hollister, Calif., KTM
250 C Limited: Luke Fineis, Westfield, Ind., KTM
250 C. Jr. (12-17) Limited: Luke Fineis, Westfield, Ind., KTM
450 B: Cristian Fernandez, Crosby, Texas, KTM
450 B Limited: Parker Mashburn, Stephenville, Texas, KTM
450 C: Mikael Savard, Canada, KTM
College (18-24): Joseph Tait, Wilton, Conn., Yamaha
Junior (25+): Michael Brown, Bristol, Va., Husqvarna
Vet (30+): Kenny Day, Live Oak, Fla., Yamaha
Senior (40+): Michael Brown, Bristol, Va., Husqvarna
Senior (45+): Terry Bostard, Discovery Bay, Calif., Honda
Masters (50+): John Grewe, Rockford, Mich., Kawasaki
Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C: Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna
51cc (4-6) Shaft Dr LTD: Brayton Kreglow, Panama City Beach, Fla., Yamaha
51cc (4-6) Special LTD: Colt Martin, Talladega, Ala., Cobra
51cc (7-8) Limited: Seth Dennis, La Mirada, Calif., KTM
65cc (7-9) Limited: Drew Adams, Chattanooga, Tenn., Cobra
65cc (10-11) Limited: Enzo Temmerman, Visalia, Calif., KTM
65cc (7-11): Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., KTM
85cc (9-11) Limited: Daxton Bennick, Morgantown, N.C., KTM
85cc (9-12): Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, Calif., Kawasaki
Mini Sr 1 (12-13): Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, Calif., Kawasaki
Mini Sr 2 (12-14): Caden Braswell, Shalimar, Fla., KTM
Super Mini 1 (12-15): Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., KTM
Super Mini 2 (13-16): Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., KTM
125cc (12-17) B/C: Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Yamaha
Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C: Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Yamaha
Girls (11-16): Tyler Allred, Riverton, Utah, KTM
Women (12+) Amateur: Jordan Jarvis, Clayton, N.C., Yamaha

About the American Motorcyclist Association

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Source: American Motorcyclist Association

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