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Tristan Fitzhugh, 7, of Cadiz has qualified for the 39th Annual Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, Aug. 3-8, at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch.

Cadiz’s Tristan Fitzhugh, a 7-year-old dirt bike racer, has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 39th Annual Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, Aug. 3-8 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.

Tristan, a second grader at Trigg County Primary School, has been riding dirt bikes since he was 3 years old and started racing at age 4.

He gets his passion for racing from his older brother Connor Fitzhugh and dad Shane Fitzhugh, who also race.

With the help of sponsors such as Anomaly Six, WFO Suspension, Answer Racing, Roost MX, Atlas, Risk Racing, Lucas Oil and Twin Air who help pay his way to the races and provide product discounts, Tristan has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. He has won numerous races in the last three years and competes nearly every weekend in races across the country.

Tristan will make the journey to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee along with his family, where they will be camping onsite for the week-long event, and will participate in many non-racing evening activities.

Due to COVID-19 this year’s qualifying process was broken into a five-week Regional Championship system from June 5 until July 3. Tristan is one of nearly 10,200 racers across the country who spent the last couple of months qualifying for the event.

This year’s event will be run in compliance with the CDC Guidelines as well as protocols set in place by the Safe-To-Race Taskforce.

Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as 4, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified machines. In total, there are 36 different classes of competition. Tristan will compete in the highly competitive 51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive class.

The race action will be broadcast live daily at www.RacerTV.com, Aug. 3 — 8, for a total of 40 hours of live coverage. In addition, highlight shows featuring the event will air on MAVTV in the fall.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National, visit the series official website at www.mxsports.com or call 304-284-0101. Join the conversation on the event’s social media channels, along with receiving the most up-to-date news and exclusive content — @LorettaLynnMX.

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