Local racer earns spot at Motocross National Championships
Saturday July 27, 2013 | By:Sun Staff | Sports
Hamburgís Josh Venti just made his motocross dream come true. The 21-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified in the 450A class for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 32nd Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynnís Ranch.
Venti took on over 21,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446 qualifying positions for the race, which will run July 29 to Aug. 3.
Venti has won hundreds of races in the last 10 years moving up to the 450A class which is the highest level or hardest class in Amateur Motocross racing with the next level being professional. Venti competes nearly every weekend at many tracks in the South and North East and off course several local tracks in Western New York.
With the help of his father, Chris, and mother, Renee, and sponsors, Honda East, Factory Connection, Hinson Clutch, Yoshimura, Devol Racing, Ride Engineering, Dubya USA, Pro Motto Billet, Scott Brown and many others who help pay his way to the races, Venti has had the opportunity to pursue this life long dream.
Venti will make the long journey to Tennessee along with his professional trainers and riders at MTF (Millsaps Training Facility in Cairo, GA) were he currently trains nine months out of the year and his North East Mechanic, Scott Brown of Hamburg, will be there to support him.
Venti spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a birth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynnís. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from mini cycle 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 bikes.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynnís Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. Besides races, the ranch provides family-friendly facilities including a game room, swimming pools, arts and crafts activities as well as a fashion and talent show.
Most of Americaís top professional Moto crossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynnís.
The race is so prestigious that in 2012 it became part of the Red Bull Signature Series, airing race coverage on NBC for the first time ever. In 2013, the coverage only gets better as the Red Bull Signature Series will air LIVE coverage from Loretta Lynnís on NBC for the first time ever.
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