Thor Brings Pastrana, Villopoto, Tedesco, Nyquist to Loretta Lynn’s

Hurricane Mills, TN ā€” Thor and Parts Unlimited continue their commitment to support the sport by backing top amateur athletes at the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s presented by Amsoil. They’ll also give the racers something to see when they’re not racing, by bringing their top professional athletes to the ranch.

Travis Pastrana will be on hand on Sunday, July 29. He’ll sign autographs at the Thor Tower on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., and then climb (literally) behind the wheel of his 199/Thor Monster Truck at 4 p.m. Even heavy commitments to the X Games won’t get in the way of Pastrana’s annual visit to Loretta’s.

Top BMX freestyle competitor Ryan Nyquist will sign autographs at the Thor Tower at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 30, before heading to town square to bust out big tricks on his bike at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Thor brings Ivan Tedesco to Loretta’s on Tuesday, July 31. The factory Makita Suzuki rider is a two-time AMA 125 Supercross Champion, the 2005 AMA 125 National Motocross Champion and a member of two victorious Team USA squads at the Motocross of Nations. Tedesco will sign autographs Tuesday at the Thor tower at 4 p.m. and return to sign more on Wednesday, August 1, at 11:30 a.m.

Reigning AMA Lites Motocross and Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto makes his return to Loretta’s on Wednesday, singing autographs at 11:30 a.m and then taking to the track to ride some laps on the 2008 Kawasaki KX250F.

The 26th Annual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships Presented by Amsoil kicks off this weekend at the home of country music legend Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Racing action starts promptly at 7:30 am every day, Tuesday, July 31st, through Saturday, August 4th. Be sure to catch the daily video features brought to you by Racer X Films only on www.motocross.com.

About the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships:
The MX Sports produced event is the world’s largest amateur motocross race. Hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the event is the premier amateur motocross race in the world. In 2006, over 32,000 entries attempted to qualify in 33 classes for the 1320 available gates at the national. This year the National event will be held July 30th ā€” August 4th, 2007. As proof of the significance of winning an AMA Amateur National Championship Title, most of today’s top motocross and supercross stars, including Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, won championships at Loretta Lynn’s before turning pro. Sponsors include Air Nautiques, Amsoil, Cobra, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, Gatorade, Parts Unlimited, Red Bull, Thor, Toyota, AGV, Alpinestars, Boyesen, Cti, DC Shoes, DeCal Works, FMF, Kicker, Moto Tees, Ogio, Renthal, Scott, Twin Air, Wiseco, Racer X Illustrated and Mini Rider Magazine.

About MX Sports
MX Sports is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based motocross production company. The group coordinates the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, which includes a national qualifying program consisting of 49 Area Qualifying races during February-May and 12 Regional Championship races during the month of June. Less than five percent of the Area Qualifier entries actually qualify for the national championship event, held during the first week of August at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Most riders attend the National Championship with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer vacation.