Five years competing in the National Amateur Motocross Championship

HURRICANE MILLS TENN. – Most of the time when people think of dirt bike racing they think of adults or teenagers, but there is a special local little guy who is only five years old, who will be competing next week in the championship of amateur motocross Loretta Lynn AMA in Tennessee.

Kooper McKenzie, son of Kyle and Megan McKenzie of Minford, grew up around dirt bikes but just started competing in October 2020. McKenzie has been invited to compete in this championship next week and is looking forward to it.

McKenzie will be one of the top 42 riders nationwide in her specific class at Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur Motocross Championship, which is being held at her Tennessee ranch. It is a prestigious event which it is an honor to attend. The McKenzie family, including Kooper’s little brother, Mathis, were leaving for the ranch on Friday because registration is Saturday morning and McKenzie will be able to train Monday before his races on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

McKenzie’s interest comes from his father Kyle, who said he grew up racing dirt bikes and even competed in that championship. He said Kooper got his first bike when he was three years old and then started racing last fall. It would have him racing for only nine months and his father said they never imagined Kooper would be racing at this level his freshman year.

“He progressed extremely quickly, compared to most kids in his four to six year age group. He will be one of the youngest in his class,” Kyle said. “Kooper was successful in the region but not in the regionals because he had a wreck in his races, however, I entered him as an alternate and there are different classes that riders can choose from and some of between them chose another class and with Kooper’s standings, he was then chosen to fill that class.

The McKenzies said there were so many classes that the races stretched out all week. They said it’s a big event that has several things like concerts every night, a big pool because the ranch is a campground during the year.

His mother, Megan, was asked if it made her nervous for Kooper to race at such a young age and she said, “I pray all the time he’s out there.” His dad said he felt almost the same as when he was running with the butterflies and everything.

When asked what his favorite part of racing was, the five-year-old was quick to reply, “Winning!” Megan said Kooper loved racing so much he was obsessed with it and didn’t even watch TV regularly. He’ll ask them where he’s racing next week and he’ll be watching videos of that track all week. Dirt Bike racing must be a family affair, as they said they travel every weekend. They said it was like any other travel sport. However, this week will be a special event for Kooper races and the whole family.

The Monster Energy AMA National Amateur Motocross Championship is the largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program in the world held right at Loretta Lynn Ranch and this year they are celebrating their 40th event. If you want to know more about this event, you can go to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @:LorettaLynnMX

Five-year-old Kooper McKenzie is racing his dirt bike this year.

Kooper McKenzie is only five years old and already competing in a national motocross championship


Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928

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