Pirelli Captures AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch


SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft Front and Rear Tires Selected as Tire of Choice for BarX/Chaparral/Fly/Suzuki Riders


HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. (August 7, 2019) – Pirelli congratulates its riders on a successful week of racing at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch for the 38th annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The world’s most prestigious amateur motocross national saw impressive performances from each of the five BarX/Chaparral/Fly/Suzuki riders including:  13 individual moto podiums, four moto wins, three overall podium finishes, Bell holeshot awards and a championship from McClellan Hile in the Collegeboy (18-24) division. The SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and rear tires were selected as the tire of choice for all Pirelli riders. 


“The BarX Motorsports riders were more than impressive all week,” said Josh Whitmire, director of sales, Pirelli. “Podium finishes and race wins showcased the same winning performance of the SCORPION™ MX32™ that we see at MXGP. It’s exciting to see BarX and many new American motocross racers choosing Pirelli to compete at the highest level of amateur racing.”


In the Collegeboy (18-24) class, Hile used his SCORPION™ MX tires to get off to strong starts and remained consistent throughout the three-moto format. With the pressure on in the final moto, Hile proved to be unstoppable as he claimed his second moto win of the week to earn his first AMA National Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch via 1-2-1 scores.


“Leaving the ranch this year with my first title was an absolutely awesome feeling,” said Hile. “The feeling that I had this week is something that I’ll never forget. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone at Pirelli for ensuring my bike had the best traction possible for every moto. My Pirelli SCORPION™ MX32™ tires worked amazing in the various and ever-changing conditions of Loretta’s. Whether it was deep ruts or sandy sweepers, I felt confident putting my bike wherever I needed to.”


Dilan Schwartz was one of the most impressive riders of the week, placing himself in title contention for both the 250 B and Schoolboy 2 (12-17) championships. After winning the second moto of 250 B, Schwartz started in the top-five in the final moto before clawing his way through the field to take over the race lead. Near the halfway point of the race, Schwartz bobbled and that cost him several positions. However, he would rebound to finish seventh and take home a hard-fought third overall. Schwartz injured his foot in the incident, which forced him to miss the final Schoolboy 2 moto and the chance at another overall podium.


Despite Schwartz’s misfortune, Preston Kilroy carried the team to third place overall (2-3-8) in Schoolboy 2. Kilroy’s strong riding transferred over to the 250 B Limited class, taking a moto win and finishing second overall (2-1-2) for his second podium appearance of the week.


Austin Black, competing in the 250 and 450 B classes, brought home a moto win aboard his RM-Z450 and recorded several top-five rides throughout the week. In the 250 Pro Sport and Open Sport classes, Lance Kobusch battled his way through the star-studded 40-rider field to earn several top-five moto finishes.


For 2019, Pirelli refocused its efforts by expanding its amateur rider support program and the success at Loretta’s reaffirms the brand’s commitment to amateur racing in the United States. Pirelli continues to stick by its motto “we sell what we race, we race what we sell” and offers all riders access to the very same tires found on the bikes of JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing and World Champions Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli.


Pirelli’s #PirelliNation motocross rider support program is currently open and accepting resumes through November 30, 2019. If you’re interested in joining the Pirelli team, Click Here to learn more about and submit your sponsorship application.  


To view complete results from the 2019 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Click Here.

College (18-24)

  1. McClellan Hile (1-2-1)
  2. Kayden Palmer (2-1-2)
  3. Michael Hicks (7-3-4)
  4. Ricci Randanella (6-6-3)
  5. Nicholas Maret (3-9-7)


Schoolboy 2 (12-17)

1.     Jarrett Frye (1-1-1)

2.     Stilez Robertson (3-5-2)

3.     Preston Kilroy (2-3-8)

4.     Matthew Leblanc (7-4-5)

5.     Culin Park (5-9-3)

25. Dilan Schwartz (4-2-DNS)


250 B  

  1. Stilez Robertson (1-2-2)
  2. Jarrett Frye (3-3-1)
  3. Dilan Schwartz (2-1-7)
  4. Mason Gonzales (7-4-3)
  5. Kaeden Kniffing (9-6-4)
  6. Austin Black (6-5-8)


250 B Limited

  1. Mason Gonzales (1-2-1)
  2. Preston Kilroy (2-1-2)
  3. Hunter Yoder (3-4-3)
  4. Max Miller (5-3-5)
  5. Jace Kessler (4-5-6)


450 B

  1. Matthew Leblanc (1-1-2)
  2. Levi Newby (2-2-3)
  3. Wesley Allen (3-7-6)
  4. Gerhard Matamoros (5-8-4)
  5. Rene Rodriguez (6-4-11)

11. Austin Black (DNF-3-1)


Open Pro Sport

  1. Jalek Swoll (1-3-1)
  2. Jett Lawrence (2-1-3)
  3. Jo Shimoda (4-2-2)
  4. Parker Mashburn (3-4-4)
  5. Carson Mumford (7-7-8)

9. Lance Kobusch (15-5-13)

11. McClellan Hile (13-11-14)


250 Pro Sport

  1. Hard Munoz (3-4-3)
  2. Carson Mumford (2-8-2)
  3. Jesse Flock (5-11-1)
  4. Parker Mashburn (7-7-4)
  5. Lance Kobush (12-5-5)



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For Additional Information Please Contact:


Scott Roegner

Pirelli Moto Communications and Media Relations

NAFTA Region

Tel: 949-365-5750

Mail: motopress.nafta@pirelli.com  


Emily Grannis

Marketing Director, Moto BU

NAFTA Region

Tel: 706-331-1585

Mail: emily.grannis@pirelli.com   


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