MX Sports Inc.:A news release from
Hurricane Mills, TE – Larry Fortin III of Tolland just made his dream come true.
The 11-year-old motorcross racer has qualified
for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34rd Annual
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by
AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.
took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446
Fortin, who attended Jimmy
Weinert Motocross Training Facility in January and February has been riding since
he was 2 years old, dirt bikes at 4 years old.
With the help of sponsors such as Manchester Honda KTM, Sign Connection, LLC,
Tolland County Safe & Lock, Lew’s Cycle & Sled, LLC and his family, who
help pay his way to the races, Fortin
has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams.
He has won 12 races in
2013, and 15 races so far this year. Larry competes every weekend all over New
England since no one under the age of 13 years old is allowed to race in
Fortin will make the long
journey to Tennessee along with his parents, Aimee and Larry Fortin, grandparents
Bridget and Arnold Kirby, Ruth and Bob Fortin. The race runs July 27 to Aug. 2,
The Amateur Nationals
“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is
the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event
Director Tim Cotter. “A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national
notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross
Most of America’s top professional
motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and
Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s.
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 of the Red Bull Signature Series broadcast LIVE coverage from Loretta
Lynn’s on NBC for the first time ever.
In 2014, the racing will be streamed
LIVE online all week long on RacerTV.com.
Fortin is just one of the
over 20,000 that 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 Lynn’s.
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 bikes.
The track is built on a section of Loretta
Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills. The course contains a
variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and
stamina of the racers.
Most riders attend the event with the help of
their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer
vacation. 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.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National
The Rocky Mountain
ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's
largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national
qualifying program consists of 52 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 12
Regional Championships (June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the
The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week of
August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta
Lynn in Hurricane Mills, TE.
Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36
classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National.
World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", the National event serves as a
launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and
supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan
Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West
Virginia-based race production.