On the Road to Loretta's: Colton Moranz

Photos by Jason Kruse

 

Colton Moranz  has qualified for the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Moranz took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying.

 

 

Name: Colton Moranz

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Age: 17

Bike: 2015 KTM 250

2015 LL Class: 450 C

Years racing: 11

LL Number: 64

How many times raced LL's: This will be my first time racing

 

Sponsors or who helps you out:

Letko Cycles KTM, Plumbingpluskc.com, JT Racing USA, Boliya USA, Scott Goggles, KC Moto, MX 343 Dirt Works and Track Building, Critterprokc.com, Midwest Extreme Park , Harolds Tire, Tamer Holeshot, PR2 Suspension, Flatland Racing, Cascade Dental, Buller

 

Top accomplishment(s):

2014 LL Regional: 250 C- 11th, 450 C- 13th, 250 C Limited- 15th

2015 LL Regional: 450 C- 10th, 250 C- 11th

 

What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?

It means a lot to me because I have always gone just to watch my brother and now I finally get to ride on the track and race.

 

What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?

I wake up at 6:30 every morning for weight training then I work at a fencing company till 5. After that, I go on a run or do some core workouts and then eat dinner, watch some TV then hit the hay.

 

 

What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?

The most enjoyable part of racing is hanging out with friends and family and getting away from the house to go have some fun.

 

What is something people do not know about you but should know about you?

I am the starting running back at my 5A high school and attend football combines. Also, I am getting looked at by multiple colleges in Kansas as I go into my senior year.

 

What has been your most memorable moment racing thus far?

My most memorable moment was this year at the regional in Millville. It was my last moto and I was sitting with an 8-22 in the first two motos, so I was just going to go out to have fun. It was Father's Day so my dad asked me on the line if I could get him a holeshot for father's day. So, the gate dropped and I got the holeshot and lead the race for three laps and ended up third in the moto and eleventh overall. My dad was so happy.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given and by whom?

Broken bones heal, regrets last forever. -Neil Tajchman

 

What is the worst advice that someone has given you and by whom?

Rip it then grip it. -My brother Kevin Moranz

 

What do you believe are your key strengths?

My key strengths are my starts and I make little mistakes during the race.

 

What motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?

What motivates me is wanting to do good for my mom and dad because I know how much they have sacrificed to do what I love to do.

 

What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?

I have learned to grip more with my legs and to stay calm if something bad happens. You don't want to ride over your head.

 

What is your greatest achievement outside of motocross?

Having 667 total yards last year in football and making it to state last year in pole vault.

 

What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?

I am looking to have a great time and support my little brother as he continues to have lots of success and maybe become his mechanic someday.

 

Favorite pre-race meal:

A chicken sandwich wrap

 

Best bike you ever raced:

My 2015 Letko KTM 250

On the Road to Loretta's: Benny Bloss

Benny Bloss  has qualified for the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Bloss took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying and is a favorite to win a championship.

 

Name: Benny Bloss

Hometown: Oak Grove, MO

Age: 18

Bikes: Yamaha 250 and 450

2015 LL Classes: 450 A and Open Pro Sport

Years racing: 12

LL Number: 33

How many times raced LL's: 4

 

Sponsors or who helps you out:

My Mom and Dad, Rock River, Cycle Trader, Yamaha, Fly, Bell, EVS, 100%, Atlas, Gaerne, VP Fuels, Roost Mx, Dunlop, Enzo, Renthal, Truck a Central, RTC, Works Connection, Maxima, FMF, Guts, Robbie Reynard, Ashley Phillips, Cory Clark, Pat Thrall, and the rest of my family.

 

Top accomplishments:

3rd at Monster Cup and 2nd at Loretta's.

 

What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?

It means everything to me; it is what I have spent my last 12 years preparing for.

 

What are you doing to prepare?

Down here at RTC in Wellston, OK training as hard as I can to get my fitness better and improve my speed on the bike.

 

 

What is your daily routine?

Wake up, eat breakfast, then get out on the track. Usually do a day of Motos and then either do a bike ride or run. We then do a circuit workout, and then eat some dinner. Then after that we play about 90 games of ping pong (which I'm the best in the house), then go to bed.

 

What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?

I think the best time is when you are winning on a great track and throwing whips.

 

What is something people do not know about you but should know about you?

I love Taylor Swift and sometimes listen to her on the line.

 

 

What has been your most memorable moment racing thus far?

2014 Monster Cup for sure

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given and by whom?

Hit the corner faster by Robbie Reynard.

 

What is the worst advice that someone has given you and by whom?

Hit the corner slower by Robbie Reynard.

 

What do you believe are your key strengths?

Roller sections and whoops.

 

 

What motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?

Anytime anyone is going faster than me.

 

What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?

To not scrub too hard on jumps and never give up.

 

What is your greatest achievement outside of motocross?

Graduating high school.

 

What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?

I want to one day be one of the best riders in the world.

 

Favorite pre-race meal?

Chicken and Rice.

 

Best bike you ever raced?

2015 Yamaha 450.

On the Road to Loretta's: Ty Tyrrell

Ty Tyrrell has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Tyrrell took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying positions. Here is a little bio on our local hopeful.

 

 

Name: Ty Tyrrell

Hometown: Winslow, IL

Age: 25

Bike(s): YZ250 2 stroke and YZ450

2015 LL Class: Junior 25+

Race Experience: 20 years 

LL Number: 14

How many times raced LL's: Twice

 

Sponsors or who helps you out:

Hasting Designs, Tyrrell Motorsports, Orangeville Autobody, SSI decals, Fly Racing, FMF, Hot Rods, Vertex Pistons, Hinson, Hot Cams, and Braking.

 

Top accomplishment(s):

Making it to Loretta Lynn's in 2012 

 

What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?

I'm just very thankful to be racing at Loretta's again with some of the fastest guys from around the world.

 

What are you doing to prepare?

Trying to ride and race as much as I can before making the trip down to Tennessee.

 

 

What is your daily routine?

To be honest, I work Monday thru Friday 8-5 and try to ride 3-4 times a week at some of the local tracks around where I live.

 

What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?

Going out on the track and having as much fun as I can, but winning races isn't bad either.

 

What is something people do not know about you but should know about you? 

Since one of the first races of the year, I've been racing with my ACL and both meniscus tore. I had surgery to get everything cleaned up inside my knee but I haven't gotten my ACL fixed again and will probably wait till the end of the racing season.

 

What has been your most memorable moment racing thus far?

Winning at some Pro Am races and making it to Loretta's twice now.

 

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given and by whom?

"Riding smooth is faster than riding out of control!" By my father

 

What is the worst advice that someone has given you and by whom?

"The farther you jump the faster you go!" By Thyberg a racing friend.

 

What do you believe are your key strengths?

Not letting other riders try and distract me while racing.

 

What motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?

My family and my girlfriend

 

What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?

Try and ride smooth not out of control because crashing is never fun!

 

 

What is your greatest achievement outside of motocross?

Helping my older brother run his autobody business.

 

What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?

To have fun and try to win some races while doing it.

 

Favorite pre-race meal:

Most people that know me would guess its birthday cake but it’s actually bananas and granola bars.

 

Best bike you ever raced:

My current bikes, YZ250 2-stroke and  YZ450.

Thank you very much for wanting and taking the time to interview me for Loretta's!

On the Road to Loretta's: Kevin Moranz

Kevin Moranz returns to the Ranch for the fifth year as he has qualified for the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Moranz took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying positions while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and working a part-time job.

 

 

Name: Kevin Moranz

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Age: 15

Bike(s): 125cc, 250cc

2015 LL Class: Schoolboy 1 (12-16), Schoolboy 2 (13-16)

Race Experience: 11 years strong

LL Number: 46

How many times raced LL's: This will be my fifth year at the ranch.

 

Sponsors or who helps you out:

Letko Cycles KTM, Plumbingpluskc.com, JT Racing USA, Boliya USA, Scott Goggles, KC Moto, MX 343 Dirt Works and Track Building, Critterprokc.com, Midwest Extreme Park , Harolds Tire, Tamer Holeshot, PR2 Suspension, Flatland Racing, Cascade Dental, Buller Proof, Dunlop Tires, and Family

 

Top accomplishment(s):

World Amateur Arenacross Finals (Las Vegas) 2008 - 2nd/ 50 Sr. 7-8

World Amateur Arenacross Finals (Las Vegas) 3rd/ 65 Stock 7-9

Loretta Lynn's 2011 - 9th /65 9-11 Mod, 11th 65 9-11 Limited

Loretta Lynn's 2013- 12th /85 12-15, 16th 85 12-15 Limited

Loretta Lynn's 2014 -11th/Supermini 1, 8th Supermini 2

 

What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?

To be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross means everything to me, it is what I work so hard for and I expect myself to be there.

 

What are you doing to prepare?  What is your daily routine?

My daily routine starts out with waking up around 6:30 AM every morning for weights and working out, usually get home around 9 and have a Ryno Power Protein shake along with some food. Then have to get ready and be at work around 10. I usually work until about 5 in jeans and a long sleeve shirt welding and fixing fencing panels all day outside. After that, I'll get home and either go on a run or ride until dinner, eat get ready for bed and restarts the next day.

 

 

What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?

The most enjoyable part of motocross is being able to be with all my friends/family and have fun while doing what I love.

 

What is something people do not know about you but should know about you? 

A lot of people are rather fortunate and get to live anywhere they want while training and riding daily with some of the best equipment on the market while I have to go to public school full time with a grade point average above 4.0 and working a part time job just to help keep me in this amazing sport. I'm not the kind of person to just give up even though I struggle more than most, but going to Loretta Lynn's for the 5th time this year in two stacked classes and multiple top 10 overalls in the past really makes me appreciate everything I have accomplished so far and can't wait to see what's to come.

 

What has been your most memorable moment racing thus far?

My most memorable moment would have to be when I was leading in Supermini 2 at Loretta Lynn's last year and was battling with the top 3 guys for a few laps but unfortunately clipped a tree and went down. I was happy to still finish 8th overall.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given and by whom?

Holeshot, then win - Colton Moranz

 

What is the worst advice that someone has given you and by whom?

Scrub the whoops to go fast! - Jackson Hughes (pro practice rider)

 

 

What do you believe are your key strengths?

My key strengths are getting good starts and never giving up.

 

What motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?

My motivation on the track comes from all my hard work I have put in so far and knowing there is no way I'm giving anything up now.

 

What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?

From my mistakes I have previously made I have learned to never take anything for granite, to always stay calm, and ride your own race, don't worry about anybody else, just you, and don't hit trees at LL running top 3.

 

What is your greatest achievement outside of motocross?

My greatest achievement outside of motocross would have to be starting varsity football as a junior this year as a receiver while keeping a 4.0 GPA.

 

 

What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?

I am looking to keep improving and gain support so I can later turn pro and pursue my dream.

 

Favorite pre-race meal:

Stir-fry with some chicken, vegetables, and rice, along with a banana & peanut butter, and A Ryno Power protein shake.

 

Best bike you ever raced:

My 2015 LETKO CYCLES KTM 250 F!!

On the Road to Loretta's: Bradyn Hahn

Bradyn Hahn has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Hahn took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying positions. Here is a little bio on our local hopeful.

 

 

Name:  Bradyn Hahn

Hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO

Age: 6

Bike: Yamaha PW50

LL Class: 50 (4-6) Shaft Drive Limited

Years Racing: 1

LL Number: 28

How many times raced LL's: First time

 

Sponsors or who helps you out:

Downtown Sinclair, Huckstep Motorsports, Kranaweter Transport, Mumps Cycles, MOSS, and Paw Paw Racing.

 

Top accomplishment(s):

Qualifying for Loretta Lynn's in my first full year of racing.

 

What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?

I just want to go fast!

 

What are you looking forward to the most?

Swimming in the pool and creek at Loretta's.

 

What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?

I ride my bicycle with my friends almost every day.

 

 

Who is your favorite pro rider and/or hero?

Ryan Dungey

 

Who is your favorite Non-MX athlete?

Ken Block

 

If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?

Ryan Dungey

 

What actor would play you in a movie?

Jim Carey because he's funny!

 

What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?

Staying in the motorhome!

 

What three character traits would your friends use to describe you or how would other Motocross Racers describe you?

Funny, wild and crazy!

 

What song(s) pump you up before a moto?

Anything Brian plays.

 

Best way to spend the day off from riding:

Playing with my neighborhood friends all day.

 

Favorite pre-race meal:

Scrambled eggs and sausage with tons of syrup!

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