Caden Braswell awarded Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award
PICKERINGTON, OH – August 17, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – From Aug. 1-6, the most talented motocross racers in the country gathered at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., for the 2022 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, where 36 AMA No. 1 plates were up for grabs.
GASGAS Amateur Team rider Caden Braswell claimed one of these AMA No. 1 plates — in the 250 Pro Sport class — but that was not his only accomplishment of the week as he was also the winner of the 2022 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award.
“I was speechless. It was a very big honor, and I’ve dreamed about it ever since the first time I went to Loretta’s,” Braswell said. “I can’t tell whether I’ve made it to where I’m hopefully inspiring to all the little guys, or we’re just getting started and I can’t wait for what’s next.”
The Shalimar, Fla., native had 3-2-1 moto finishes in the 250 Pro Sport class to take the top spot, while his 7-1-2 resume in the Open Pro Sport was good for second overall.
Besides Braswell’s impressive week, Yamaha rider Avery Long of New London, Minn., was named the AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year after earning AMA No. 1 plates in the 450 B and 450 B Limited classes.
Husqvarna rider Casey Cochran earned the title of AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year. The Clermont, Fla., native took first in four of six motos en route to AMA No. 1 plates in the 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C and Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C classes.
The AMA Senior Motocross Rider of the Year went to KTM rider Mike Brown, who claimed AMA No. 1 plates in the Senior (40+) class and the Masters (50+) class without losing a single moto.
“MX Sports hit it out of the park with this year’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, and we thank the riders and families who always make it a special event,” said AMA Deputy Director of Racing Mike Burkeen. “As far as the racing went, the performances of AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year Casey Cochran, AMA Amateur Motocross Rider of the Year Avery Long and Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner Caden Braswell proved the future of motocross is very bright, and AMA Senior Motocross Racer of the Year Mike Brown served as a great example for the younger generation.”
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