Prior Lake teenager to compete in national motocross championship in Tennessee | Anterior lake

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Bryce Rauner, 17, of Prior Lake has been in the fast lane all his life.

The future Prior Lake High School senior recently qualified for the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Amateur Motocross National Championship – known as the largest amateur motocross event in the world – taking place August 1-6 at famed Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. of Tennessee. .

The Loretta Lynn Amateur Championship, held annually, is the last step for amateurs before they join the professional ranks.

Bob Rauner, Bryce’s father, said Bryce had been a daredevil since he was 5 years old – and hasn’t stopped since.

“We’ve been doing motocross as a family for probably close to 12 years now,” Bob Rauner said. “Me and Bryce’s sister ran for quite a while too.”

Rauner said Bryce qualified in the junior 125 C division. He said Bryce mostly rode the majority of his races at a track called Spring Creek MX Park in Millvillle, Minnesota.

“Bryce rides pretty much statewide. There are many trails throughout the state. It also rides in Minnesota AMA District 23, which is part of the Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association,” Rauner said. “But Bryce does the majority of his racing at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville. He does most of his shopping there.

Bryce said he was thrilled to learn he had qualified for the Loretta Lynn Amateur Championship. He said it was something he had been working on for many years and it was a dream come true.

“I was very excited with all the hard work that paid off. It felt like a huge accomplishment,” he said.

Bob Rauner said that was certainly quite an accomplishment. He said thousands of motocross riders tried out for the event, but only a select few were chosen. He also said that to qualify for the Loretta Lynn Amateur Championship, riders must attend a regional qualifier at Mt. Carroll in Illinois.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to come to Loretta Lynn. In the motocross community, that’s it. The Loretta Lynn Championship is the largest national amateur race in the country and the only national race where you must qualify to participate,” said Bob Rauner. “I think for all classes this year, 29,000 people tried to qualify, and I think 1,100 made it. So that’s the top 4 percent in the country. It’s a big problem.

Bryce thanked his family for their support and all of his sponsors for making his dream come true.

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