For the Rapids City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Wisconsin Rapids’ Brayton Wills just made his dream come true for the second time. The seven-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 to be held in August at historic Loretta Lynn Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN.
Wills took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446 qualifying positions.
“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.
Wills, who attends Washington Elementary School, has been riding dirt bikes since he was three years old. This will be the second year in a row he qualified for the National.
Wills’ Father Cody is on the alternate list to compete at the National in the 30 plus class. He has raced himself since the age of 14.
Brayton has won 15 races in the last two years and competes nearly every weekend at races in Wisconsin and other races across the country.
Wills 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 then Regional Championships earn a gate position in the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50.
The race action will be broadcast live daily at www.RacerTV.com, July 30 through August 4.