Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award & FMF Privateer Power Award
MORGANTOWN, WV – September 24, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The second half of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicked off with the series’ annual visit to Minnesota’s famed Spring Creek MX Park for the sixth round of the season. Coming off the lone break in action on the calendar the Thor Spring Creek National was sure to see a rejuvenated field of riders, and when all was said and done the championship battles in both the 450 Class and 250 Class saw dramatic shifts. In the 450 Class Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured his second straight victory after posting the first 1-1 moto sweep of his career, while Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis prevailed in the 250 Class with his first win since the opening round, as a 1-1 sweep vaulted the Frenchman to the top the point standings.
In addition to celebrating the winners and podium finishers at each round of the 2020 season, each week the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship also brings attention to other riders who should be recognized for their efforts. Following every round a pair of specialty awards are handed out to riders who dig deep and overcome the odds to achieve success.
The Deltran Battery RC Hard Charger Award recognizes the 450 Class rider that embodies the relentless, never-give-up attitude that personified the career of the G.O.A.T. Ricky Carmichael, the most successful rider in the history of American motocross. The award is given to the rider that passes the most competitors in a single 450 Class moto at every round, earning the most significant improvement from his starting spot to his finishing result. Each recipient of the RC Hard Charger Award is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
The FMF Privateer Power Award shines the spotlight on the underdog rider that overcomes the odds in pursuit of his racing dream, exceeding expectations by putting forth an incredible performance that often surpasses that of the factory-backed riders that surround him. The ability to do more with less is something that every privateer aspires to achieve, and each week this award applauds a rider who was successful in accomplishing that feat. Each recipient of the Privateer Power Award is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
This week’s awards signify the first time in the history of each accolade in which a single rider, Benny Bloss, is the recipient of both the RC Hard Charger and Privateer Power from a single event.
Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award
Since capturing 450 Class Rookie of the Year honors back in 2016 Benny Bloss has remained a fixture in the premier division, consistently producing solid results and emerging as a perennial top-10 contender in a talent-rich division. For the 2020 season Bloss has embarked on a campaign solely on his own, with the help of his family and sponsorship support from KT Tape. While the Missouri native has had to endure through the ups and downs of running his own effort this summer, he’s managed to still be a regular presence in the battle for a spot inside the top 10, thus far earning three top-15 finishes in five starts. At Spring Creek Bloss showed the tenacity that has made him such a highly regarded competitor by overcoming a 38th-place start in Moto 1 to fight all the way back to a spot just outside the top 10 in 13th, passing 25 riders in the process. It was one of the most impressive rebound rides of the season thus far and earned Bloss this week’s RC Hard Charger Award.
#50 Benny Bloss / Oak Grove, Missouri / Husqvarna
+25 positions in 450 Moto 1 (38h to 13th)
FMF Privateer Power Award
Ever since he stormed onto the professional circuit with that memorable rookie season in 2016 Bloss has always had a penchant for punching above his weight. At a towering six feet, five inches, he is by far the tallest rider in American motocross, and many have always wondered if that extended height could work against him. However, year after year Bloss has proved that his height is an asset, and it’s allowed him to become one of the sport’s most beloved under-the-radar competitors. For the first time in his young career Bloss has had to go the privateer route to compete in the 2020 Pro Motocross Championship, but he’s still exceeding expectations. Despite some growing pains, Bloss is still a virtual lock to finish inside the top 15 and challenge for the top 10 in one of the deepest fields of talent in series history. At Spring Creek a summer filled with challenges finally aligned for Bloss. After overcoming a misfortune-plagued start in Moto 1, Bloss put his head down and showed what he’s capable of, amassing his best pair of motos this season to earn 12th overall, his best result of the year. Bloss’ unwavering competitive spirit, and his drive to succeed despite the odds being stacked against him made him the obvious choice for this week’s FMF Privateer Power Award.
#50 Benny Bloss / Oak Grove, Missouri / Husqvarna
450 Class: 12th Overall (13-11)
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How to Watch Pro Motocross
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is televised on NBC, NBC Sports Network(NBCSN), and MAVTV, and is exclusively streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold subscription service. Every round features live coverage of the first motos of the 450 Class and 250 Class on MAVTV Motorsports Network, while second moto coverage from every round can be seen on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Additionally, exclusive network broadcast coverage of select events will be showcased on NBC. Live and on-demand coverage, including an exclusive live stream of qualifying, can be seen on NBC Sports Gold via the “Pro Motocross Pass” for a one-time purchase of $54.99.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of six competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest, toughest tracks on the planet. Racing takes place each Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road powersports event production, manages the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The title sponsor is Lucas Oil, a leading producer of premium oils, greases, and problem solving additives, all made in America. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.
Source: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.