Industry News 5/5/2015

EVENT: AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships Crown 28 National Champs in 29 Classes

The fastest amateur arenacross riders converged on Las Vegas' South Point Arena this past weekend for a full slate of action at the 16th Annual AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships (ANAC). This yearly showcase of amateur talent featured competition across 29 classes of all ages and skill levels, with 28 winners ultimately being crowned AMA National Champions and several others receiving highly coveted distinctions.

 

Following a day of practice on Saturday, the entire field of 414 riders entered Sunday prepared and ready to do battle on the track inside South Point Arena. Heat Races commenced in the morning, setting the field for an afternoon of Main Events that would ultimately determine who would be crowned the winner of each class. 


Steven Mages was perhaps the busiest competitor all weekend, racing the AMSOIL Arenacross finale on Friday, Monster Energy Supercross finale on Saturday and ANAC on Sunday, winning two titles.
Photo Credit: Mike Vizer

Each of the competitors at ANAC earned their spot to race for a national championship by competing at Amateur Day during one of the 14 rounds of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, prior to the finale weekend in Las Vegas. Riders were eligible to qualify from one of four different amateur regions -South, East, West and Central.

 

Of the 29 classes that were in action at ANAC, several drew greater attention from those in attendance. Both the AMSOIL Dominator Supermini Class and the Arenacross.com 50cc (4-8) Class kicked off the weekend festivities at ANAC by competing alongside the pros at the first ever AMSOIL Arenacross season finale in Las Vegas on Friday night. The competition in each Main Event was exciting, adding to an already memorable night. In the end, Ezra Hastings was able to fend off his challengers and lead every lap of the Supermini race to earn the title. In the 50cc class, Nate Freehill did the same, keeping his challengers at bay to lead every lap and claim the championship.



ANAC National Champions

Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography



Additionally, the Pro Sport and Expert classes were closely watched as Ohio native and Race to the Championship competitor Steven Mages completed an action-packed weekend of racing. Mages, a six-time winner in the Arenacross Lites Class this season and one of eight Main Event winners in the Arenacross Class, began the weekend by finishing third overall in the AMSOIL Arenacross finale on Friday. On Saturday, he headed over to Sam Boyd Stadium to take part in the final race of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in the 250SX Class. Finally, Mages capped off the busy weekend on a high note by earning a pair of ANAC titles on Sunday in the Expert - A Class and Pro Sport A Class.

 

At the conclusion of a loaded Sunday afternoon of Main Events, an additional 26 riders were crowned AMA National Champions following victorious outings in their respective classes. In addition to his AMSOIL Dominator Supermini triumph, Ezra Hastings capped of a memorable and successful day of racing by also securing the AMA National Championship in three additional classes - Supermini 1, Supermini 2, and Schoolboy 1. In addition to Hastings and Mages, three other riders claimed multiple national titles - Jake McKinney (AX Lites Intermediate, AX Intermediate, Collegeboy 16-24), Preston Masciangelo (50cc 4-8, 50cc 7-8), Johnathow Shaw (AX Lites Novice, AX Novice).


ANAC National Champions
 Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography




2015 ANAC Champions

Italics denotes non-national championship class

 

50cc (4-8) Limited:

Preston Masciangelo - Brantford, Ontario - Cobra 

50cc (4-6) Jr. Limited: 

Mikah Carpenter - Freeport, Illinois - KTM

50cc (7-8) Sr. Limited: 

Preston Masciangelo - Brantford, Ontario - Cobra

65cc (10-11): 

Freddy Aquino - Stockton, California - KTM 

65cc (7-9):

Preston Boespflug - Battle Ground, Washington - KTM 

85cc (9-11): 

Ty Freehill - El Dorado Hills, California - KTM

AX Intermediate (Open B):

Jake McKinney - Hamersville, Ohio - Honda 

AX Lites Intermediate (250 B):

Jake McKinney - Hamersville, Ohio - Honda

AX Lites Novice (250 C): 

Johnathow Shaw - Benton City, Washington - Suzuki

AX Novice (Open C): 

Johnathow Shaw - Benton City, Washington - Suzuki

Beginner: 

Randy Ramirez - Las Vegas, Nevada - Kawasaki

Collegeboy (16-24):

Jake McKinney - Hamersville, Ohio - Honda

Expert - A Class: 

Steven Mages - Sardinia, Ohio - Kawasaki

Girls (7-13):

Jordan Jarvis - Clayton, North Carolina - Yamaha

Junior Mini (65cc 7-11): 

Evan Payer - Yankton, South Dakota - Kawasaki

Over 25: 

Justin Kelly - Lamoille, Illinois - Honda

Over 30: 

David Whitcraft - Pickerington, Ohio - Kawasaki

Over 35: 

Matt Cleveland - Mabank, Texas - Suzuki

Over 40:

Steve Thinger - Roseville, California - Kawasaki

Pro Sport A Class: 

Steven Mages - Sardinia, Ohio - Kawasaki

Schoolboy 1 (12-16): 

Ezra Hastings - Aurora, Indiana - Yamaha

Schoolboy 2 (14-16): 

Tylor Matcham - Riverside, California - KTM

Senior Mini (12-15):

Jack Rogers - Brookeville, Maryland - Kawasaki

Supermini 1 (9-15): 

Ezra Hastings - Aurora, Indiana - Yamaha

Supermini 2 (13-16): 

Ezra Hastings - Aurora, Indiana - Yamaha

Women (12 & Up): 

Kylie Fasnacht - Port St. Lucie, Florida - Kawasaki

2 Stroke B/C: 

Dillon Cloyed - Papillion, Nebraska - KTM

AMSOIL Dominator Supermini: 

Ezra Hastings - Aurora, Indiana - Yamaha

Arenacross.com 50cc (4-8): 

Nate Freehill - El Dorado Hills, California - Suzuki