his one dedicated to the men and women who graduated from the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur Motocross Championship (est. 1982) and went on to do some other big things in their lives—some in motocross, some in auto racing, some in the motorcycle industry, and some just in life in general. It’s our way of counting down the days to the single biggest and most important amateur motocross race of all and how it’s helped shape the lives of those who have gone off the starting gates on the land of the first lady of country music, Loretta Lynn.
The goal with our Loretta Lynn Graduates countdown was to spotlight some great stories of the men and women who graduated from the AMA Amateur Motocross Championship and went on to do some other big things in their lives—whether that was in moto or not.
Through this countdown we’ve featured everyone from Vanilla Ice to Jimmie Johnson to Craig Morgan to Colin Edwards. We’ve also featured stories on training facility owners and civil servants. And guys who simply have great stories, like Jason Fowler and Robert Roetzel. We’ve surely missed a lot of good stories that have come from the Ranch—we may even have to bring this feature back next year!
With the Washougal National set for tomorrow, we decided to end our countdown on the current riders who make up the top ten in 450 and 250 points in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Of the current top ten in each class, only one rider never raced Loretta’s—Marvin Musquin. No doubt Musquin could have qualified, but he grew up in France and raced in Europe as an amateur. Further, only six riders never won a title at the Ranch. One of those is two-time 250 Pro Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin!
Before the pros race tomorrow, let’s take a look at how they got there.
1. Eli Tomac | 8 Titles
YearClass200465 (10-11) Stock200685 (12-13) Modified200785 (14-15) Modified2007Supermini 12-152008Super Mini 1 (12-15)2008Super Mini 2 (14-16)2009250 B Modified2009Schoolboy 2 (14-16) B/C
2. Ken Roczen | 1 Appearance (9th and 10th in MX Lites B Mod and Stock)
3. Marvin Musquin | Never Raced Loretta’s
4. Blake Baggett | 2 Titles
YearClass2008Schoolboy 2 (14-16) B/C2009250 A/Pro Sport
5. Justin Barcia | 4 Titles
YearClass200585 (12-13) Modified200585 (12-13) Stock200685 (12-13) Stock2008MX Lites B Stock
6. Weston Peick | 1 Title
YearClass2008Motocross B Stock
7. Cooper Webb | 4 Titles
YearClass200251cc 4-6 Stock Oil Inj200665 (7-11) Modified2010Super Mini 1 (12-15)2012250 B Stock
8. Justin Hill | 1 Title
YearClass2011250 B Stock
9. Phil Nicoletti | Best Finish: 2nd (two times)
10. Benny Bloss | 1 title
YearClass2015Open Pro Sport250 CLASS
1. Aaron Plessinger | 2 Titles
YearClass2013450 B Limited2013250 B
2. Alex Martin | Best Finish: 3rd (125 B Stock)
3. Justin Cooper | 4 Titles
YearClass2015College (16-24)2015Two-Stroke (16+)2017Open Pro Sport2017250 A
4. Austin Forkner | 6 Titles
YearClass201085 (9-11) Modified201085 (9-11) Stock201185 (12-14) Modified2014Super Mini 2 (13-16)2015250 B2015Super Mini 1 (12-15)
5. Shane McElrath | Best Finish: 2nd (four times)
6. RJ Hampshire | 2 Titles
YearClass2014Open Pro Sport2014250 A
7. Jordon Smith | 2 Titles
YearTitle2012Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C2013250 B Limited
8. Chase Sexton | 2 Titles
YearClass201185 (9-11) Stock2016Open Pro Sport
9. Joey Savatgy | 3 Titles
YearClass200885 (12-13) Modified200885 (12-13) Stock2010Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C