DANSVILLE — Dansville’s Owen Herkimer just made his dream come true.
The 17-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 37th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, to be held this August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch.
“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.
Herkimer, who attends Dansville Central School and is a senior this year, has been riding dirt bikes since he was four years old.
With the help of sponsors such as Sick Bros, Support Plus, DTA, Kenda Tires, Vertex, Pivot Works, Fusion Graphics, Cylinder Works, Hot Rods, 100 percent, Drelick’s Welding Services and mom and dad, who help pay his way to the races, Herkimer has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. He has won several races in past and present years while competing nearly every weekend at local district tracks of Empire State Mx and across the United States.
Herkimer will make the long journey to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee along with his Mom, Bethany and his Dad, Paul. The race runs July 30 through Aug. 4. Herkimer and his family will be camping onsite for the week-long event.
Herkimer is just one of the over 22,000 racers across the country who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships earn a gate position in the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. The motocross track is used only once a year for motorcycles, so there is no hometown advantage. Racers compete in three 15-20 minute races over the course of the week per class, sometimes in grueling temperatures. Proper training and preparation are paramount.
To help Owen make his dream come true, a Go Fund Me Page has been set up in his name ... https://www.gofundme.com/owen-to-national-mx-championship