Loretta Lynn’s story is filled with names familiar to American motocross fans. As we recounted in one of our previous Loretta Lynn stories, the first big name to emerge from this race was Ron Lechien. Among the most recent to emerge are almost every 250cc title contender in the current Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rankings. In fact, out of the current top ten ahead of this weekend’s Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota, the only rider in the top ten not to have raced at the Ranch as a child is Team Honda’s Hunter Lawrence. because he is originally from Australia and then moved to Europe before turning pro. Even his little brother Jett – the current points leader – came to America before he turned pro and as a result he graduated from Loretta Lynn, as did Japanese Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Jo Shimoda, who is currently fifth in the rankings. Everyone else – Justin Cooper from New York, RJ Hampshire and Jalek Swoll from Florida, Colt Nichols from Oklahoma, Jeremy Martin from Minnesota, Garrett Marchbanks from Utah, and Austin Forkner from Missouri – have their names in the Loretta Lynn’s Vault. many times.
The same can be said for the 450 guys, with the glaring exception of current points leader Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy / Star Yamaha Racing team, who is French and raced the European Grand Prix circuit in as a pro before emigrating to the United States. But other foreign talents like German Ken Roczen, Scotsman Dean Wilson and Briton Max Anstie came to the United States as children to race and found themselves on Loretta Lynn’s starting grid with their current US-born competitors like Aaron Plessinger of Ohio, New Justin Barcia of York, Chase Sexton of Illinois, Cooper Webb of North Carolina, Adam Cianciarulo of Florida, and more.