Seven-year-old motocross racer Grayson Wirth of Frazee finished in the top eight of his age group at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Wirth finished in eighth place of the three-moto format 51cc Limited class race with his top finish coming in the second moto, along with an 11th place and 10th place finishes in the first and third motos, respectively.
The Frazee racer made a big jump from a 19th place overall finish in 2018 and got out to a quick start earning a Bell Helmets Holeshot Award of $100. Bell Helmets provides $100 gift certificate Holeshot awards for every individual moto. The holeshot is a motocross term for the rider who is the first one through the first turn.
Wirth's eighth place finish put him in the top one-fifth of the total 39 racers in his class and the top racer of three Minnesotans in the field. Leighton Oswald of Bayport placed 21st; Kruz Morgan of Henderson finished 34th.
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Lucas Oil is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 54 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,512 available positions at the National.
51cc (4-6) Limited, Top 10 of 39
1 BODE BRADFORD, MIDLAND, TX 1st, 1st, 2nd
2 JAYDIN SMART, BERRY CREEK, CA 2nd, 2nd, 1st
3 EIDAN STEINBRECHER, ORANGEVALE, CA 4th, 3rd, 3rd
4 ALEX CAMPIGLI, VALLEY SPRINGS, CA 3rd, 4th, 4th
5 AIDEN MCKIDDIE, HUFFMAN, TX 5th, 6th, 6th
6 CHASE WILKERSON, NASHVILLE, IN 6th, 7th, 9th
7 WYATT KEMBLE, LAKEWOOD, CO 8th, 9th, 7th
8 GRAYSON WIRTH, FRAZEE, MN 11th, 8th, 10th
9 CHASE BRENNAN, Winchester, CA 20th, 5th, 5th
10 DONOVAN WEY, MURRIETA, CA 7th, 13th, 14th