Coming from Mechanicsville, MD is the #34 of Jarrett Frye. Jarrett had his best week at the Ranch this year staying consistent in all six motos, finishing 2nd overall in both Mini Sr 1 & 2. Jarrett does all of his training at MTF, where he plans to get ready for the Monster Cup in October. We caught up with Jarrett to see what he's been up to lately and what his plans are for the rest of the year.
after riding we go to the gym. We train 4 days out of the week Mon-Thursday and then we just have gym on Fridays and chill on the weekends. Since lorettas is over nothing really changes I will stay on the same program that I've been doing up until Monster Cup.
MP: Give us a recap on how your week went at Lorettas.
Jarrett Frye: I had a really good week and lorettas getting 2nd overall in both of my classes. I had like one really hot Moto in the afternoon but the others weren't to bad.
MP: Motocross can be hard on a rider both mentally and physically. what's the most challenging obstacle you face with racing?
Jarrett Frye: I think the nerves on the line. But when the gate drops its go time.
Richards Missouri's own, Austin Forkner, also known as the 2015 AMA Motocross Amateur Rider of the year recently signed a deal with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. After Winning the Monster Cup two times in a row on a supermini and skipping out last year due to an injury, Austin is looking to show up this year to defend his Supermini titles in the Amateur All-Star class. We sat down with the farmboy to see what his plans are as he starts thinking about his professional career.
around here but after the next couple weeks I'll probably be out in Cali testing for monster cup or at Reynard training complex training. When I'm in Cali I'll do some gym work with Charles Dao at icon sports and work with Robbie when I'm at his place.
MP: Let's talk about Loretta's, you captured two titles, one in 250 B and one in Schoolboy 2. How does it feel to see your hard work paying off?
Austing Forkner: I'm stoked cause I've been working hard all year and my speed was good and I was consistent which is what it takes at Loretta's.
Excelling his way through the amateurs and now making a name for himself in the pro ranks, is Jacob Hayes, riding for team Babbitts Kawasaki. Jacob was in the race for the AMSOIL Arenacross championship last year but came up just four points short behind Kyle Regal, one of the closest finishes between first and second in AMSOIL Arenacross. We caught up with Mr. Hayes to see what he's been doing lately and what his game plan is for the rest of this year.
Jacob Hayes: I've just been keeping myself busy with training and some local races here and there.
MP: Talk about your training and what it consist of.
Jacob Hayes: I hired a personal trainer before the 2015 series. (Steve Vittone) he's been a huge part of my program lately. He loves keeping me on my toes, always changing up my routine. I can't thank him enough.
MP: Let's talk about Arenacross, give us a recap of last years season and how everything went.
Jacob Hayes: The season as a whole for me was a roller coaster ride, a lot of ups and downs, but in the end we pulled it together in order to get myself into the championship battle.
Yamaha bLU cRU athlete, Jazzmyn Canfield has been stirring the dust up lately in the moto scene. No stranger to the podium, the Florida native stuck herself on the top of the box once again at the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross Championship, held at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch. After winning every moto, she was crowned champion of the Girls Jr. (9-13) class. We caught up with Jazzmyn to see how things are going and what she plans on doing the rest of the season.
MP: You captured a title in Girls Jr (9-13) this year at Lorettas. How does it feel to see your hard work paying off?
Jazzmyn Canfield: It's feels awesome especially after last year I had a bad crash broke 6 ribs and bruised the muscle that controls my lung . It's just feels so good to be able to bounce back and be back on top !!
Jayce Pennington, rider of the #131 KTM bike, made his debut at the ranch in Schoolboy 1 and Schoolboy 2. Coming up short on capturing a title, Pennington isn't backing down yet and plans to keep on pushing until he's on top of the box. We caught up the Illinois native to see how things went at Lorettas from his perspective and to see what he's got up his sleeve for the rest of this season.
haha, but I plan on getting back at it the beginning of September down at Ronnie Tichenors in Palm Harbor, FL. But normally my training consists of riding at GPF or with Ronnie. At Ronnies, I usually get in a bike ride or something after riding. While at GPF I do that or get in a workout with my MotoE trainer, Roman.
MP: Lorettas, how did it treat you this year?
Jayce Pennington: Well I got there Thursday and just met up with all my friends and hung out, went bridge jumping, swimming and just having a good time. Then sign up on Sunday then I kind of cooled down getting ready for practice the next day. Practice went alright for me. I forgot my transponder so I had my mechanic time me and I think had the fastest time in schoolboy 1. In schoolboy 2 on the 250 the track was soo gnarly and rough and I was not going fast haha, I felt like it was my first time riding. For my first moto of schoolboy 1 I got a second place start and first place crashed in front of me, and crushed my exhaust so I didn't really have much power but I ended up getting 11th in that. Then in my second moto I passed up to 3rd and crashed on the second to last lap and ended up getting 7th which isn't bad, I can't complain about that. But in my last moto I got the holeshot on Mitchell Falk and I think we rode the whole race in 1st and 2nd but I ended up having a 10 second lead on him the last lap and a 30 second lead on 3rd but that was a good/fun race. And In schoolboy 2 I had decent luck every moto ended up going 5-9-13. I just got a bad start the last Schoolboy 2 moto. I had a lot of fun with my friends and family.
Straight out of Tallahassee , Florida is the #24 of Suzuki backed athlete, TJ Rios. Walking around on crutches at Loretta's was not his ideal way of making his appearance. Now in the recovery stage of his injury (broken Femur), we caught up with Rios to see what he's been up to and when we can see him back on the track.
MP: Let's talk about your injury that sidelined you at Lorettas this year. How did it happen?
TJ Rios: Well my injury happened at MTF on the Tuesday before Loretta's. It was coming out of a sort of sweeping corner and my front end washed and knifed me and next thing I knew I was on the ground. I broke my femur. And lucky it was a clean break. I got surgery the next morning and they put a rod and two screws. So far recovery is going great. It's actually month since my surgery today and I'm already walking on one crutch and feeling a lot better.
MP: When are you expected to be back on the bike?
TJ Rios: I'm expected to be back in about 2 months from today.
Coming From Oak Hills, California is the #551 of Jeremy Byrne. Jeremy dislocated his shoulder shortly before regionals, leaving him on the side lines this year for Lorettas. Now back in action, we got the chance to catch up with the outdoor enthusiast to see what his plans are for the rest of this year, leading into 2016.
Jeremy Byrne: My training mostly consists of outdoor activities. I love to ride so doing long motos is my #1 training. I also live in the mountains with many trails available for mountain biking. I spend a lot of time building and running an obstacle course in my yard and I recently joined a CrossFit Gym. My plan was to hit the training hard this summer and get in good shape. So far it’s going great!
MP: Give me a recap on the year as a whole, how has been so far?
Jeremy Byrne: My plan for this year was to ride the Amateur Nationals in the A class, get my Pro License, go to Lorettas and then maybe do a couple Pro Nationals. Unfortunately, injuries kept me from Texas and Lorettas, but all my other races went well. I had some great battles at California Classic and ended up finishing 3rd in 450 Pro and I got my AMA Pro License. I also had a great year in school, maintaining my 4.0 GPA and having awesome adventures in climbing.
MP: You missed Lorettas, the biggest amateur National in the United States, that had to be hard one to watch from the sidelines. Talk about your injury and how it's treating you now.
Jeremy Byrne: This injury happened at pala during the last week of may off of that darn tall lump. When I landed my right shoulder completely dislocated out of its joint. A few days later I got an MRI and the doctor said that I tore my labrum (whatever that is) and he then gave me two options. I could either get surgery which will end up taking four months before riding again or i could just let it heal on it's own. In the end I think that i made the right choice in just letting it heal on it's own. This took about three and a half weeks of resting resulting in less than a weeks time of training before mammoth. Since then I've felt great! I started cross fit and it has done nothing but get stronger.
MP: Let's talk about your last race, where was it and how did it go?
Jeremy Byrne: My last race was at Mammoth. I’d been out with a shoulder injury but was NOT going miss my favorite race! I had a great time as always - solid finishes, 6th in Open Pro Sport and 7th in 250, even though my conditioning was off.
MP: What's your plans for the remainder on year, leading into next year?
Jeremy Byrne: My plan is to continue to get stronger and faster on the bike. Since I got my Pro License, it would be fun to ride the USGP at Glen Helen. My objective for 2016 is to ride the A class for another year, go to Lorettas and maybe get to a Pro National.
MP: how did you first get into this sport of racing dirt bikes?
Jeremy Byrne: Basically, I was born into motocross. My Mom and Dad both rode every weekend and they brought me to the track from the time I was 2 weeks old. I started out on one of those electric quads and buzzed around the pits terrorizing everyone until I could actually ride. I loved to climb into the track Dozers and mess with the controls, like I was the man in charge! My first race was when I was 5 years old at the LACR Pee Wee track. There were 14 kids stuffed into a 12 man gate and I remember battling with Colton Aeck. He was a big kid compared to me (I think he was 8) and I was in front of him. So he just plowed me over! For a long time afterward I was pretty sore at him but I now get a big kick out of it. Whenever I see Colton I joke about it and he, to this day, has no idea what I’m talking about!
MP: What's the most challenging obstacle that comes with racing?
Jeremy Byrne: Time is the most challenging obstacle I face in motocross. Finding the time for school, riding, racing, training, hobbies and sleeping is very difficult. I need a clone to get it all done! Luckily my girlfriend, my family and her family all love to do what I love to do and that makes things fun, even though it’s challenging.
MP: Out of all the places you have rode, where is your favorite place to ride?
Jeremy Byrne: What I love the most is finding a new place to ride. Last summer we went to Canada and I got to ride at many new tracks, the best of which was Whispering Pines MX in Kamloops B.C. Here in the USA, my favorite track has to be Mammoth MX. I just love being there in the mountains with so much fun stuff to do.
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Jeremy Byrne: Intelligent
MP: Who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Jeremy Byrne: The biggest thank-you goes to my Mom and Dad. They have done so much for me, including moving to an area where I can ride and play anytime. Also, my girlfriend Raelyn and her family. Chris Cole from Cole Equipment Rental gives me great support. I’d also like to thank Answer Racing, Factory Backing, Rekluse Clutches, Maxima, Noleen J-6, Varner Motorsports, Scott Goggles, Simi Cycles, FMF and John at XLT.
Aboard the #64 bLU cRU backed Yamaha is Marco Cannella coming out of Canada. Marco Showed up to Lorettas determined to win, with a moto score of 1-3-4 Cannella was cowned the national champion of the Schoolboy 1 class at the 2015 Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship. We caught up with the Canadian athlete to see what he's been up to lately and what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: Winning a championship at the Ranch is no easy task and takes a lot of work. Talk about your training regimen and what you do to prepare yourself to win.
Marco Cannella: 2 this summer was the first year we starting training at Motopark with the MPA crew and I really enjoyed that and had a blast there. We spent about three weeks there this summer and it just makes it easier to get the work done with a good motivated group of kids that are always pushing each other trying to take there fitness and riding ability to the next level. Also during the winter for the past four years we have been doing the MCR training camp with Matt and Joey crown and a few other kids for 5 weeks and that has taken place at Gpf twice and Boswick mx twice and that has defently been a key part to my success and wear I am at today. Every time after those 5 weeks I come back a better and fitter rider.
MP: Let's talk about Lorettas. you captured the title in Schoolboy 1, how does it feel to see your hard work paying off?
Marco Cannella:. This year to be able to have left Loretta's a national champion really means the world to me. Going there this year my best finish was a 9th overall and 10th in a moto so when I got that first moto win it was the best feeling of my life it was like nothing else matterd I was just living in the moment and the joy of winning a moto at the biggest amateur national in the world. Then 2 races later to be crowned the schoolboy 1 national champion was just amazing especially making the pace for the overall win on the last lap of moto 3 was definitely an adrenaline rush and walking on that podium, receiving the number one plate felt like I was in a dream, it's hard to even describe in words how amazing that feeling was. And for all those hours in the gym and training to have payed off was amazing and worth ever second of it.
MP: Give us a recap on how your week went while at Lorettas.
Marco Cannella: My week at Loretta's was defently awesome. Every time I went on the track I just tried to be positive and have fun and try and find a flow and I think that helped me a lot no matter what the track was like I would try and find the positives out there. Also my neighbour and good friend justin came with us and we had a blast the whole week from floating down the creek and doing the rope swing or watching the pw-50s battle on the track it's always a great time and I look forward to it every year .
MP: What's your plans for the rest of this year?
Marco Cannella: Well right now we are getting ready to race our Canadian amateur national at
Walton transcan for the next week then gonna get ready for the Baja brawl and mabe soaring eagle then hopefully go down south and do some training to get ready for the mini Os. I've never been and I heard it's a great event so hopefully wee make it down there to race this winter would be awesome.
MP: How did you first get started in this sport of racing dirt bikes?
Marco Cannela: My dad used to have a bike and he rode once and a while never to serious or anything just for fun he did a few races and when I was almost three my parents took me to watch a race at gopher dunes and I absolutely loved it and wouldn't stop bugging my parents to get me a bike so for my 3rd birthday they got me a pw-50 and we put training wheels on it and I rode that for a while then eventually those came off and I started riding at some local tracks and we joined the steel city racers club and did my first race at the local club track Oshweken and I've just been hooked ever since always trying to improve and Become a better rider and a better athlete and just having fun at the track spending time with my family and friends and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Marco Cannella: I have rode allot of amazing tracks in my life like monster mountain or Gpf and Boswick mx but I think out of all of them the funniest track I have ever rode is WW ranch. That track just flows so well and I have a blast everytime I ride there with all those huge table tops and everything.
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Marco Cannella: Hard working.
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Marco Cannella: First of all I'd like to thank my mom and dad because without all there support I wouldn't be able to even do this support, also Lain Hayden, Yamaha Canada, Motopark and the whole MPA crew, Matt crown, MCR suspension and training, Orthoflex, gamma sales, Fly, Dragon, Atlas, Rynopower, and F
Hailing from New York is the #61 of bLU cRU Yamaha backed athlete, Justin Cooper. Justin made his debut at the Ranch in College 16-24 and Two Stroke 16+, Bringing home the gold in both classes. We caught up with Justin to see what his plans are for the rest of the season.
could train at facilities, I enjoy training by myself and seeing my progression. Now that I have graduated high school I plan on taking training to another level since I have more time and I'm excited to see where that takes me. But for now it's just me, my dirt bike, my road bike, and the local gym.
MP: Let's talk about Loretta's. You captured the title in Two Stroke 16+ and College 16-24. How does it feel to see your hard work paying off?
Turning heads, and making waves in the motocross scene is Missouri local, Benny Bloss. The Cycle Trader backed athlete made his debut in 450 A and Open Pro Sport this year at the Ranch. With the likes of riders such as Mark Worth, Marshal Weltin, and Mitchell Harrison it was no easy task for Bloss to bring home a championship in Open Pro Sport, and a 3rd in 450 A. With also receiving the Horizon award, we took the chance to talk with Benny before he makes his pro debut at Unadilla this weekend in the 450 class.
MP: Let's talk about lorettas, you captured the title in open pro sport. How does it feel to see your hard work paying off?
Benny Bloss: Loretta's was a fantastic week for me. It's always been a dream of mine to win a championship there, and to do it my last year going there and in the Open Pro Sport class was really an awesome feeling for me.