The most prestigious and is expected to amateur race of the year is upon us and Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green is ready to take on the competition at this year’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. Sixteen Green Team riders will compete in 15 classes and look to leave Hurricane Mills, Tenn.., As Champions.
Green Team’s Thomas Covington Loretta’s head this year for the last hour of his amateur career and is looking to finish off with two more championships on his resume. Ten years ago, Covington won his first Loretta’s No.1 plate in the 51cc 4-6 class and now getting into the top amateurs in the country as he lined up for the Open Pro Sport and 250 A class.
“It’s bitter-sweet Loretta heading for the last time,” said Covington. “I am more motivated than ever to make the winners this year, but feel bummed I will not return. I can not wait to get the week started and then start the next chapter in my pro career.”
Ready and prepared
Moving up to the KX ™ 250F is a big jump for many children but Team Green riders Mark Worth made look easy. After his final career race supermini Monster Energy Cup, Worth debuted in class B to Mini O and was immediately a podium contender. Worth its regional Loretta Lynn easily took the win in the 250 B and 250 B Limited, but a crash in his third class to put him on the sidelines in late May. Worth worked hard and took the proper steps to be cleared to train and race allowing him to be ready to go after another title.
“We are very fortunate to have Mark Loretta Lynn racing this year,” said Team Green Motocross Supervisor Ryan Holliday. “After his injury in the regional qualifier we make sure every step and precaution is taken to ensure that he is 100 percent before returning to racing. Soon as we receive clearance from trusted doctors, it’s time to get to work and prepare for the race. ”
Last year Team Green’s Austin Forkner is the rider to beat on his KX ™ 85. After racking up numerous spring championships, Loretta Forkner came as top dog but do not have the results he wanted or expected. This year he returns to his KX ™ 100 supermini supermini 1 and 2 classes and hope to clean the house as many Green Team riders have done before him.
“Last year I came Loretta a little under the weather,” said Forkner. “Being sick hurt my riding a bit, but this year I am healthy and looking to come out swinging. I practice a lot more this year and I really feel confident.”
Making the Jump
Two of the Green Team’s youngest stars are Carson Mumford and Stilez Robertson. After winning his first Loretta’s championship last year with 65 (7-11) Modified class, Mumford KX85 jumped up and ready to prove himself Ranch. Robertson on the other hand, clinched his first championship in the 85cc Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross this year and is battling his teammate for the top spot in the 85 (9-11) and 85 (9-11) Limited class.
“Moving up from the 65-85 class is not easy, but both Carson and Stilez done a great job this year,” said Holliday. “Stilez rode fantastic Mammoth for his first major 85 class wins and Carson always peak at Loretta and we expect him to be up front battling for the podium finish. In addition to Carson and Stilez, Green Team has Lance Kobusch and Garrett Marchbanks in the same class makes for a very talented group of kids. “