Bellefontaine’s Bensyn LeVan has qualified for the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship for the fourth year in a row.
LeVan, a 9-year-old Bellefontaine Intermediate School student will compete in the event Aug. 1-6 at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch.
This is the largest amateur motocross race in the world. It will be the 41st running of the national championships.
“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the best of the best motocrossers in America and around the world,” said Tim Cotter, Director of MX Sports. “Just being here makes you an elite racer and a top athlete.
A solid finish at Loretta’s would you give you instant National recognition and a possible professional 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.
Despite only being 9, racing dirt bikes is nothing new to LeVan. He has been riding since he was 5. With the help of a long list of sponsors, he has won over 50 races in the last three years and competes in races across the country.
LeVan will make the long journey to Hurricane Mills, Tenn. along with his parents.
LeVan and his family will be camping onsite for the week-long event and will participate in many non-racing evening activities.
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 36 different classes of competition.
LeVan will compete in the highly competitive 51cc 7-8 Limited class.
The race action will be broadcast live daily at www.racertv.com