|Taylor in motocross nationals|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Preston Taylor, 14-year-old dirt bike racer from Hastings, Neb., has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 33rd Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Taylor is the son of Brian and Dawn Taylor of Hastings and the grandson of Byron and Nancy Prottsman of Holyoke and Dick and Judy Taylor of Hastings.
Taylor took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446 qualifying positions. This is the fourth time he has gone to Loretta Lynn’s in his racing career.
The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in, said event director Tim Cotter. A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.
Taylor, who will attend Hastings High School as a freshman, has been riding since he was 3 years old. He races with the help of his family, including his parents and brother Tennesy.
The race runs July 28-Aug. 1. Taylor is just one of over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earned a berth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s.
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