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2020 AMA Amateur National Motocross | Kickstart





Loretta’s. To many, this week in August is the epitome of motocross racing, as it brings the best riders in the country/world together for three motos across that determine the rank of 42 riders in each class. Motorhomes, trailers, trucks, and tents cover nearly every inch of the Tennessee property, so golf carts and minibikes are the preferred mode of transportation for the public to get around from their campsites to the creek for an afternoon swim or to vendor row for some last-minute parts.

This was my first visit to the Ranch. I had read about it for years, Believed The Hype, heard about the post-race protests, and followed the talent that the place has produced. Seeing it in person was quite the sight, even if it was to be a much different vibe than normal. 

I don’t know how it could be much bigger, though. Like everything outdoors this year, attendance was apparently way up in light of the COVID-19 crisis and there were people in every viewing area from the first moto all the way to the checkered flag of each race day. Between watching the marquee classes, I cruised the pit area to catch up with industry friends and meet the riders that we’re set to see in pro racing for years to come. Yes, Loretta’s is a high-pressure situation for some, but the long breaks between certain races allow for ample hang-out time.

There are so many riders to talk about from Loretta’s and I know we didn’t touch on all of them, or some nearly enough. If you don’t see something below, don’t fret, because we have more interviews and images coming in the next few days.

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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  1. Steve Fredericks August 12, 2020

    Great write-up and photos! It should be noted that attendance was far-less than normal though. I live just 33 miles from the Ranch and go every year. I was surprised at how NOT crowded it was compared to normal.