7-Year Old Michigan Motocross Rider Competes at Loretta Lynn Championship

Parker Beckington from Saline, Michigan rides to 6th place finish in the MX Sports Moster Energy Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN — August 9, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, we featured a story about the Ricky Carmichael University(RCU) coming to the RedBud MX complex, in Buchanan, MI, to hold one of their 2-day training camps. The article highlighted local riders who were attending the event and learning to improve their motocross riding skills with lessons from the G.O.A.T Ricky and his team of coaches.

One of those riders, Parker (MotoX) Beckington, had already qualified for the MX Sports Moster Energy Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Parker was hoping to pick up some riding tips from Ricky and use the camp as a primer to prepare for the National Championship where he was competing in the 4-6-year-old 51cc shaft drive limited class.

Parker competes in the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch / Photo Courtesy of Vurbmoto

Parker finished 6th in the country among 42 riders who had qualified in his division.

About the Amateur National Motocross Championship

The numbers grow annually, in 2021 approximately 26,000 riders attempted to qualify for the MX Sports Moster Energy Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Only 1,446 or 5.5% earn a spot in the 35 classes that compete for championship trophies.

The American Motorcyclist Association sanctions the races and you have to be an AMA member to enter and compete. Qualification sessions are held in the spring across all regions of the country. The elite 42 riders in each class earn a trip to Loretta Lynn’s ranch to compete on the iconic track. MXSports.com has all the information about registering and attending events.

Parker’s Consistency Pays Off

Each class at Loretta Lynn’s rides three motos with the best-combined finishes determining championship standings. Parker finished 6th in each of his races. According to Parker’s dad Jason Beckington, Moto #2 provided the biggest test for his young son.

Parker and Dad Jason at Loretta Lynn’s / Photo Courtesy of Susan Beckington

“Parker crashed in the corner just before a section of the track they call the “Ten Commandments” on the first lap of his 2nd moto. He was passed by most of the riders in the heat but got back up on his bike somewhere in the 25th-30th position. With Mom Susan cheering him on, Parker charged his way through riders all the way back to a 6th place finish.”

Parker(r) gets his trophy for a 6th place finish in the National Championship / Photo Courtesy of Susan Beckington

Parker wanted to make sure all of his sponsors got a shout-out. Aunt Carly, Aunt Lisa, ProTaperO’NealProFlo RacingEVSSpy OpticsASV InventionsODIArma SportMatrix ConceptsDunlop TiresSlick ProductsSkullcandyMika MetalsOGIOSlammers Snacks.

I am sure we have not heard the last from this young lad. Congratulations Parker, keep on riding.