It’s big bike time! In this edition of Scouting Report we will be tacking all of the 250 classes (minus Pro Sport, that will come later). The transition out of mini-cycles onto big bikes is always an interesting one to watch and this year is no different.
Some important pieces to note before we preview the classes. Last year’s Supermini champ Ryder DiFrancesco was bit by the snake that is his Kawi 250 and will be missing this year’s event. Meanwhile, Evan Ferry opted to stay on his 125 this season and will make his full-time 250 debut post Loretta’s.
From 250 C Jr. Limited to the seemingly endless depth of the 250 B classes, lets break it all down.
250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited
Do not sleep on the 250 C Jr class! This class is stacked full of potential talent in the works that just didn’t want to make the step to the B class coming off of mini-cycles. The championship is up for grabs with cats like Nick Long, Gabe Holland, Aidan Babin, Chase Cannizzaro, Logan Forward, Jayden Wolf, Maxon Bernacchi and Colten McNabb all looking to keep the momentum rolling coming off of stellar results, and titles, at the Regional level.
250 C Limited
This class is an extension of the 250 C Jr. Limited class featuring quite a few of the same names, plus a whole slew of others all eyeing up their shot at a Loretta Lynn’s title. Chase Gunderson, Branden Hinterbenger, Zeb Brimhall, Cole Farley, Alex O’Rourke, Brodie Boumeester, Jordan Batt, Ethan Commodore and Mitchell Pratt are all going to be names you will see up front batting it out for their first Loretta Lynn’s championship.
Much like the other 250 C classes, the mod 250 C class usually has a couple of people running mid-pack B Class level speed but haven’t quite made the leap. Expect to see a couple of the following names turn some heads and potentially make some waves in the years to come. Regional champs Devin Ruth, Blake Grindstaff, Raice Hernandez, Gage Ripplinger, Alex O’Rourke, Drayton Smith, Brandon Nolan, Dylan Grubaugh and Brady Weir will be full send throughout the week! Keep an eye out, people, I’m telling you.
250 B Limited
Oof! Where do we even begin when it comes to the B classes? So much talent jammed onto one gate. Some of them are looking to bounce back from a less than stellar Spring National stretch while others are looking to have their break out ride and put the class on notice.
Kyle Wise, Gage Stine, Matti Jorgensen, Gage Linville, Chase Yentzer, Larry Reyes Jr, Grayson Fair, Julien Beaumer, Hamden Hudson, Jayden Clough, Jaxon Pascal, James Clough, Parker Ross, Patrick Murphy, Ayden Shive and the Fro Sho Jordan Biese are some names to watch.
You have some established cats in the class like Ross, Linville, Shive, Jayden Clough and Reyes Jr while Jordan Biese, Patrick Murphy and Gage Stine are going to keep everyone on their toes as the week rolls on. I just hope Jordan Biese tries to double through the 10 Commandments on his Gold Wing.
We saved the best for last(ish). The 250 B class almost always has endless depth and this year is no different. With the 2020 B Class moving out and going up to Pro Sport, it leaves the door wide open for kids like Daxton Bennick, Gage Linville, Talon Hawkins, Gavin Towers, Caden Braswell, Cayden Switzer, Ben Garib who are all making their big boy B Class debut.
Nick Romano, Brad West and Patrick Murphy are some of the only kids coming back for a second year in the class and are looking to make it happen this year.
Some other names to watch out for are Marcello Leodorico, Dylan Cunha, Miles Gilmore, Jaxon Pascal, Avery Long, Preston Boespflug, Sebastian Balbuena, Evan Stice and Lux Turner as their Regional Championship results proved they are also here to play.
Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C
See above but now add in more ingredients with the likes of Carson Eads, Avery Long, Lane Allison, Sage Lewis, Brock Bennett, Ian Kearon, Evan Stice and Mike Durden. I know you already know this, but you do not want to be the one to miss the B Class/Schoolboy 2 motos so pull that golf cart as close to the fence line as possible, kick back, and enjoy the future of our sport brawling for 60+ total minutes in hopes of cementing their own personal future.
Make sure to check back next week as we continue to preview the 2021 Loretta Lynn Amateur Motocross Championship.