Southern Regional Eighth-Grader Joseph Rainone Set to Race Against Nation’s Best in Motocross

Aug 01, 2018
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It’s safe to say local boy Joseph Rainone is one of the best youth motorcycle riders in the country, and the proof resides in the fact he will be competing against the nation’s best in the 37th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship starting Wednesday, Aug. 1. During the past four months, the 13-year-old Southern Regional eighth-grader earned one of the 1,446 qualifying positions for the largest amateur motocross race in the world and is scheduled to race his No. 37 dirt bike in 85cc (9-12) preliminary action at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The 85cc class continues racing on Thursday at 4 p.m. and then Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn is the best of the best motocrosses in America and around the world,” said Tim Cotter, director of MX Sports. “Just being here makes you an elite racer and a top athlete.”

Despite suffering a minor sprain in June, Rainone is back on the track and ready to make his presence felt at the amateur national event. Recently, he joined Kawasaki’s “Team Green” as part of its rider support program. He trains with Dan Callahan of Callahan MX School.

“Joey gives 100 percent and is driven to do his best,” Callahan said. “I look forward to seeing him grow as a rider and an amateur motocross athlete.”

Besides Kawasaki, Rainone carries a bunch of national sponsors, including Dunlop Tires, 100% goggles, Aceribus USA, Bell Powersport Helmets and Factory Connection Suspension.

The racing action will be broadcast live daily at racertv.com through Aug. 4. Those interested in following Rainone on Instagram can do so @joeyrain1. For more about the race and schedule, visit mxsports.com.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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