2012 was a great year for AMA and ATVA competition. Here, some of the national champions and top competitors talk about the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season, and explain why AMA and ATVA competition is the best racing on the planet. No other No. 1 plate matters.
James Rhodes: 2012 AMA National Hare & Hound Open B class champion
April 08, 2013
James Rhodes,a 17 year old from Nibley, Utah, is the 2012 AMA National Hare & Hound Open B class champion.
"The racers all over the country have a great variety of riding styles and make each race fun," he explained. "A good memory is my first national overall at the NHHA Round 3 Rabbit Creek 100 in Idaho. I was racing with blistered handing from the race before, lining up just to salvage points to keep the series chase alive. The banner changed my mind set from cruising to charging. I got a pretty good start, top ten. At the gas check I was third and didn't know it, We battled and moved around a lot, and at the finish line the bar code system said, 'First Overall Amateur' but I didn't hear it through my helmet. My dad did, though, and celebrated with our race friends. I was blistered, beat, and sore, but excited for a win."
Rhodes competed in his first race in 2001 when he was only 5 years old. He enjoys racing in the particular series because it is challenging and fun. "I love traveling a lot with my dad and racing in different terrain than we have in Utah," Rhodes said. "The race courses are always well marked and fun, not just the same old courses over and over. The atmosphere in the pits is friendly and everyone is there to have a good time."
For the 2013 season Rhodes plans to race in the following series and classes: AMA National Hare & Hound Open A, USRA Open Expert, SIDRA Unlimited A, and RMX MX Intermediate and Open Amateur.
"When I'm not riding moto, I ride moutain bikes, BMX bikes, pretty much anything with a motor," Rhodes said. "I also snowboard, snowmobile, camp, paintball, mess around with my buddies, and chase girls. Along with a national championship, I graduated early from high school and worked at a restaurant all year. I want to get a degree in business management and sales so I can keep my expensive hobby."
Rhodes has several sponosrs that he would like to thank. Pocatello Power Sports, Fly Racing, Western Power Sports, Flatscreen Productions, Ed Fox, PR Graphix, and Vooray. He would also like to thank his parents, Charles and Shannon, his siblings Jessica, Maren and Daniel, and his grandparents Jerry and Barbara Simpson and Brad Bradley.