The thrilling racing that has defined the early portion of the Area Qualifiers for the Loretta Lynn’s Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship continued last Saturday and Sunday at Bar 2 Bar MX in Maize, Kansas and all the way to the final laps, racers and track crew battled with the ruthlessness of Mother Nature.
Adam Dennis also dealt with the sloppy track conditions to bring us this engaging photo report.
Gage Dunham launching his steed over the double pushing himself to a great 3rd overall in the 51cc 4-6 limited class.
The 125 (12-16) class was one of the most exciting classes of the weekend. Kade Jackson had an impressive holeshot but it was the top 3 battle between Carter Halpain, Grant Harlan and Jesse Flock that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats. Halpain would take the overall followed by Harlan and Flock.
Grant Harlan looked awesome over the weekend. He didn't quite have what it took to take the top places but he finished great with 2nd overall in 125 and Schoolboy 1. He also nabbed up a 3rd overall in Schoolboy 2.
Hunter Morris takes a look over at his competition while he races for a holeshot. Morris would take 3rd overall in the 85cc (9-12) class.
Zach Prokop from Terrell, Texas rode his heart out to a 3rd overall in 250 B Limited. He also qualified in 250 AllStar, 450 B and 450 B limited.
Riley Mcaffrey out of Neosho, Missouri had a great weekend taking the overall in the 250 C limited class against a full gate of racers. Riley ran his races perfectly leading every single lap.
The #68 of Hunter Angell had a rough weekend. After a great start in the 250 C and in 2nd place after the holeshot, he went down over the spectator triple a few laps in and took a ride to the hospital. Hunter is fine and looking to return to the track very soon.
The #434 of Dustin Winter did not disappoint over the weekend. Dustin went on to win every moto he entered by a huge margin. At the end of the weekend, he wound up with the overall in Open Pro Sport and 250A.
Cody Eaton came back from some bad luck in the Open Pro Sport with a DNF to 4th Overall in the 250 A class.
Yukon Oklahoma rider Brianna Green swept the Girls Senior (12-16) class. Brianna Rode solid laps with no mistakes to put her on top of the podium. She also took 2nd overall in the Women’s Amateur class behind the #85 of Lindsay Walker.
65cc (7-9) Limited class with a close holeshot! Crane, Missouri Rider Seth Mahlstedt #94 would qualify with a 7th overall.
Little Ripper Aven Hobbs Launches between traffic to take the lead in the 65cc 7-9 limited class. He would finish overall in 2nd behind "The Lil Outlaw" Jesse James.
One of the great battles of the weekend was in the two stroke class. It was a three-way battle with these three each moto. Carter Halpain would end up with the overall against Jesse Flock and Grant Harlan.
Lindsay Walker is all smiles after taking the overall in the Women’s 16+ Allstar class. Lindsay made a few mistakes because of the wet and sandy track conditions but was able to pull away with easy wins in both motos.
Missouri Rider Nick Peterson busted out the 11-year-old bike in the 25 plus class and walked away with a respectable 2nd place. Nick rode smooth for his first major race back from and injury to his knee during arenacross in Kansas City.
Addison Emory had a very busy weekend. Addison finished 1st overall in 250 All Star A/B, 2nd overall in both Open Pro Sport and College Boy, and 3rd overall in 250A. Also Addison would probably tie with Jason Richey in the sick whip contest if they had actually held one.
Jake Masterpool ran out front most laps on the track over the weekend. He battled hard with Kevin Moranz but took the overall in Both 250 B and 450 B Limited. After all the hard racing over the weekend, Jake was still ready for a victory lap with Track owner on the back of his seat.
25+ class was a small but competitive. The 549 of Kyle Dangler got a great holeshot but would eventually drop back to a 3rd overall. Cody Williams on the #215 machine took the overall.
Jesse Flock didn't quite get the starts he wanted over the weekend and took home 3rd overall in both 125 and Schoolboy 1. He was slightly disappointed with a call that docked him one position but kept his head up and performed great the rest of the weekend.
Salina Kansas rider Koltyn Thompson focuses hard while pushing through some tough competition in the 250 C and Schoolboy classes. Koltyn qualified in Schoolboy 2.
Austin Sandoval railing his way through the rollers towards the top of the podium. Austin finished 1st overall in 250 C. Austin is excited to get back to racing after having surgery a while back and it showed out on the track.
Dustin Winter had such a great weekend he couldn’t help but to show off a little in front of the crowd. Dustin took 1st in all of his motos over the weekend.
Aside from tying with Addison Emory in the nonsuch whip contest, the #311 of Jason Richey took 2nd overall in both 250 A and 250 All Star. He also took home a 4th Overall in Open Pro Sport.
Although Brandon Yates has already qualified, he still made it out to get some seat time against some great riders. Brandon took 1st Overall in 250 C which went down to Austin Sandoval.
Here is a look at first moto track conditions. Considering the amount of rain Bar2Bar had got days prior to the qualifier race, it turned out to be pretty great. After the first motos were finished, the track was prime.
Kevin Moranz the 346 out of Topeka Kansas rode hard all weekend, taking home an impressive 3 overalls in 250 B limited, College (16-24) and Schoolboy 2. Kevin and Jake Masterpool had some great battles and they both fought hard in the 250 B classes.
Devin Xindaris from Copperas Cove Texas passing Michael Pace for the lead. Xindaris would go on to take 1st overall while Pace made a few mistake that put him back to 8th.
Little Ty Masterpool walked away with a 1st overall in Supermini 1. After a tough battle with Devin Xindaris, he was able to come out with the 2-1 for a 1st. Ty credited his victory to constant training with his older brother Jake.
It was hit and miss for our little buddy "Baby T" Tanner Scott. He was having small issues throughout the weekend but still managed to qualify in 125cc and Mini Sr 2 with a 5th overall.
Ashley Anderson all the way from Littleton, Colorado came out swinging in the Women’s Allstar and Amateur classes. She pushed her way to a 2nd overall behind Lindsay Walker.
Dylan Payer from Yankton South Dakota is ready to rip out here at the Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier.
65cc (10-11) Limited is off and the #8 of Aven Hobbs is on the throttle. Legend has it, he is still riding a wheelie to this day.
Little ripper Brandon Shaw out of Lubbock, Texas wrestled his way to a 2nd place overall after battling hard with Collin Allen. Shaw was not afraid to ride with the big dogs and was sending it every chance he got.