Sean Haymaker just made his dream come true.
The 15 year-old dirt bike racer from London has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 36th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, to be held this August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch. Haymaker took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446 qualifying positions.
“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at Loretta’s gives a racer instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
Most of America’s top professional motocross racers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Dungey, have won AMA Amateur National titles at Loretta Lynn’s.
Haymaker, an honor roll student who attends North Laurel High School in the 9th grade, has been riding dirt bikes since he was 4 years old.
With the help of sponsors such as Haymaker Company, Craig Mullins Construction, Motovated Sports Complex, Flygrip, and SEVENMX Gear who help pay his way to the races, Haymaker has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. He has won multiple races in the last 10 years and competes nearly every weekend in races across the country. This will be his third time competing in the AMA Amateur National.
Haymaker will make the journey to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee along with his parents, a few friends and grandparents. The race runs July 31 through August 5. Haymaker and his family will be camping onsite for the week-long event, and will participate in many non-racing evening activities.
Haymaker is just one of the over 22,000 racers across the country who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships earn a gate position in the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified machines. In total, there are 35 different classes of competition. Haymaker will compete in the highly competitive Schoolboy 1 and 125 12-16 classes.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. The motocross track is used only once a year for motorcycles, so there is no hometown advantage. Racers compete in three 15-20 minute races over the course of the week per class, sometimes in grueling temperatures. Proper training and preparation are paramount.
Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many consider the event their family’s summer trip, nicknaming it the “World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation.” Besides the races, the week-long event hosts many family-friendly activities, including swimming, talent show, concerts, and live entertainment.
The race action will be broadcast live daily at www.RacerTV.com, July 31 through August 5, for a total of 40 hours of live coverage. In addition, two highlight shows featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network in the fall.
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