While X Games Enduro X grabbed most of the headlines this weekend, there was plenty of other action to keep an off-road fan engaged, including the 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur Motocross Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s and rounds 7 & 8 of the AIReS AMA/NATC National MotoTrial Series at Sipapu Ski Resort in New Mexico.
Another Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is in the books and this year 36 National Champions were crowned after five days of racing at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Rain throughout the week presented a challenge for the racers early on, but in the end, the 32nd annual championship proved to be one of the most historic events to date.
For the first time ever, Loretta Lynn’s was broadcast live on RacerTV.com all week long with the ultimate culmination on Saturday afternoon as the 250 A and 250 B final motos were broadcast live on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. In front of a mass audience on network television, 250 A National Champion Matt Bisceglia and 250 B National Champion Aaron Plessinger each put in a spectacular final moto to close out their week at the Ranch.
Not only did Aaron Plessinger secure a National title in both the 250 B class and 450 B Limited class, the Ohio native swept all six motos he entered this week.
Texas native Matt Bisceglia, who captured the Open Pro Sport and 250 A National titles, won the coveted AMA Horizon Award, which is given to the rider showing the most promise for a professional career. Bisceglia plans to make his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut with the GEICO Honda team this coming week at the Unadilla National.
Like Plessinger, California’s Jett Reynolds also went undefeated through all six motos en route to a 51 (7-8) and 65 (7-9) National Championship. Furthermore, Reynolds is the first rider since Davi Millsaps in 1997 to win a 51 and 65 title at Loretta Lynn’s in the same year.
Across the country, at the Los Angeles X Games Enduro X competition, Taddy Blazusiak grabbed the gold medal after holding off heavy pressure in the beginning of the race from his FMF/KTM teammate Mike Brown. Lucas Oil JCR Honda Colton Haaker also joined the mix as the three Endurocross veterans battled for the lead. In the end, however, both Brown and Haaker made mistakes that allowed Blazusiak to pull away to a narrow gap at the finish. Brown recovered to take the silver medal, while Beta’s Cody Webb rode a consistent race to take the bronze medal in his first race back from a broken foot. Haaker finished fourth and Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took fifth.
2013 X Games Enduro X, Los Angeles,
Men’s Final Results
1 Taddy Blazusiak
2 Mike Brown
3 Cody Webb
4 Colton Haaker
5 Taylor Robert
6 David Knight
7 Cory Graffunder
8 Justin Soule
9 Kyle Redmond
10 Gary Sutherlin
11 Destry Abbott
12 Ty Tremaine
In the Women’s Enduro X, Spain’s Laia Sanz took her third X Games Gold Medal in four tries with a steady ride on her JCR Honda. KTM’s Maria Forsberg worked her way past several riders to take the silver medal. Multi-time X Games Women’s Moto X gold medal winner Tarah Geiger provided a serious challenge for the gold by using her Motocross skills to double a few sections and led several laps but multiple crashes pushed her back to the Bronze medal position.
Sherco USA’s Pat Smage won both days of competition at the national trials at Sipapu Ski Resort in New Mexico. Photo by Shan Moore.
Pat Smage furthered his lead atop the AIReS AMA/NATC Mototrial National Series with a double win at rounds 7 & 8 of the series at Sipapu Ski Resort in Vadito, New Mexico, the Sherco USA rider topping teammate Logan Bolopue on Saturday and teammate Bryan Roper on Sunday. The altitude presented a rare problem for the trials riders as the elevation for the event ranged from 7200 feet at the start to over 9000 feet at the highest section.