The 15-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 38th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA amateur National Motocross Championship, to be being held the first week of August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Michael took on nearly 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,512 qualifying positions.
“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the best of the best motocrossers 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. A solid finish at Loretta’s would give you instant national recognition and a possible professional career.
Michael, who attends Pennsbury High School in the 10th grade, has been riding dirt bikes since he was five-years-old.
With the help of sponsors who help pay his way to the races, Michael has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams.
He has won many races in the last seven years and competes nearly every weekend at Englishtown NJ, Dublin Gap, Millville Field of Dreams, Orlando MX and Waldo MX, to name a few.
Michael will make the long journey to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee along with his family, parents Matthew and Dawn, brothers Lucas and Lance, and grandparents Betty and Rich Hallowell, and Marissa Morales.
They will camp onsite for the event, and participate in many non-racing activities.
Michael is just one of nearly 20,000 racers across the country who spent the last four months qualifying for the event.
The top finishers in Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships earn a gate position in the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s.
Michael will compete in the highly competitive 250C and 125C classes.
For more information on the AMA Amateur National, visit the series official website at www.mxsports.com or call 304-284-0101.
PHOTO CAP: Michael Corcoran at High Point, PA