The 27thannual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships takes place at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills TN the week of July 28th. Several NJ riders made it through the rigorous qualifying procedure where a field of more than 20,000 racers is narrowed down to 1386 qualifying positions. For many of these riders this event could be the next step to a lucrative motocross career.
Here is a little on each NJ rider making the trip:
Grant Desiderio (Washington, NJ) is the younger brother of Suzuki Support rider Nick Desiderio. Nick will be competing in the Schoolboy 12-16 class. Their dad Steve used to compete on the national circuit in the 80's and his riding skills have rubbed off on the young KTM rider. Grant made the cut in the (4-6) Stock Shaft Drive class.
Bryton Carroll (Vineland, NJ) is also the son of a former National series competitor. If fact his dad Brian was a Loretta Lynn's champion in 2001. Bryton qualified in the 51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock class.
Brandon Hartranft (Brick, NJ) and his brother Jacob are the other brother duo from NJ taking the trip to Loretta Lynn's. Brandon qualified in both the 65 (7-11) Modified and 65 (7-9) Stock classes.
Jacob Hartranft (Brick, NJ) qualified in both the 85 (9-11) Stock and Modified classes.
Suzuki rider Damian Robinson (Little Falls, NJ) will join Hartranft in both the 85 (9-11) Stock and Modified classes as well.
The last mini rider from NJ making the show is Luke Renzland (Hewitt, NJ). Luke qualified in both the Super Mini (12-15) and 85 (12-13) Modified class.
The Schoolboy class has the most NJ riders. Frankie Lettieri (Brick,NJ) quakified in both the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C and Schoolboy 2 (14-16) classes.
Also racing in the Schoolboy 1 and 2 classes at Loretta Lynn's is Charles Sherby (Woodbine, NJ) and joining Lettieri and Sherby in the Schoolboy 2 class is Nick Desiderio (Washington, NJ) (No Photo)
Chris Duymich (Millstone Twp, NJ) is taking his first trip to the ranch in 2008. Chris qualified in the MX Lites "C" Modified class.
Nicholas Myers (Egg Harbor Twp, NJ) qualified in both the Motocross "B" Stock class and MX Lites "B" Modified class and is joined in the Lites class by Tyler Wozney (North Haledon, NJ)(No Photo)
In "A" class racing three NJ riders have qualified. Dakota Kessler (Farmingdale, NJ) qualified in in the Motocross "A" and MX Lites "A" classes
Anthony Roth (West Creek, NJ) qualified in the Motocross A and Motocross A Pro-Sport classes
And Brian Mulcahy (Hewitt, NJ) qualified in the MX Lites "A" class.
And rounding out the NJ group making the race is Darren Edsall ( Lafayete, NJ). Darren is the lone vet rider from NJ. He qualified in both the 25+ and 35+ classes.
Good luck to all from racing. You can learn more about the Amatuer National Championship at MX Sports website. http://www.mxsports.com/