Two Polk County men participate in National Motocross Championship

Published 12:57 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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Two local motorcyclists recently participated in the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Falls, Tenn.

Bo Reid of Mill Spring and Ben Thompson of Tryon each earned two tickets to compete.

Taking place from July 30 to August 5, the championship was held at Loretta Lynn’s family ranch. This race is known as the world’s largest amateur motocross race.  

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The one-week event took months of preparation; entrants must qualify through a series of race events organized by the American Motorcycle Association. Only the top 42 riders in each class earn a ticket to compete at the Championship.

The week of racing at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch presented many ups and downs for each rider.  Between the scorching heat and the torrential mud, each rider had to persevere through the elements.

Reid competed in the 125 C class with an overall finish of 30th place. In the 450 C class, Reid won first place in his final moto, bringing home an overall finish of 10th place. Thompson competed in the 125 C class with an overall finish of 17th place and in the 125 Jr B/C (ages 12-17) with an overall finish of 41st place.


Submitted by Dollie Brooke-Reid