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Wasendorf qualifies for amateur nationals

Conyers native Damion Wasendorf maneuvers a motorcycle following a jump during the races at Durhamtown Plantation. (Special Photo)

Conyers native Damion Wasendorf maneuvers a motorcycle following a jump during the races at Durhamtown Plantation. (Special Photo)

A local dirt bike racer is going national. Conyers native Damion Wasendorf recently qualified for the 31st annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

The 8-year-old Wasendorf raced against many hopefuls to become one of just 1,410 to earn a qualifying position for the motocross championship, which is the largest amateur motocross race in the world. Wasendorf, who attends J H House Elementary School, has been riding since he was 3 years old.

“The amateur nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” event director Tim Cotter said. “A win at the amateur nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”

Since 1982 the amateur nationals have been held annually at Loretta Lynn’s, which has a track built on a section of the campground at the country star’s home. The race has been a springboard for a lot of America’s top professional motocrossers,including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, who each won an ANA amateur national title.

Wasendorf will compete in the race from July 29-Aug. 4.