Rising Star: Oakley’s Jason Anderson wins AMA Racing Motocross Horizon Award


Oakley has been owning Motocross for decades. And the future is looking even brighter.

On the cusp of joining the sport’s most celebrated riders in the limelight, Oakley’s young gun Jason Anderson is definitely on his rise to fame.

During a super intense week of racing at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships (an Oakley sponsored event) at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. the Oakley Kawasaki rider won four of his six motos in the 450 A and 250 A/Pro Sport classes and took the national championship in 450 A. A DNF in the final 250 A/Pro Sport class, following two class wins earlier in the week, likely cost Anderson a second No. 1 plate. But at the end of the day, he turned enough heads to emerge from the field with the AMA Racing Motocross Horizon Award.

In total, 35 American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) members joined the ranks of the 2010 AMA Racing national champions following a week of bar-to-bar racing.

“More than 1,400 qualifying riders worked through nationwide qualifiers for a chance to come to Loretta’s to win an AMA Racing National No. 1 plate at the world’s biggest week in motocross…and when the dust settled, 35 remained,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “MX Sports, the organizer of this event, put on another great week of racing in conditions that ranged from brutal heat to sloppy mud and gave our members a stellar track for deciding our 2010 AMA Racing amateur national motocross champions.”

And amongst a stacked field of rippers, Anderson definitely shined.

“I’m really excited to win the Horizon award,” said Anderson, who’s also backed by Pro Circuit, Fly Racing, Volcom, Sebastien Tortelli and Coach Seiji. “So many big names have won it, and I’m just excited to be one of them.”

Anderson’s final moto wasn’t without drama, however. He had to race back from dead last to fifth to secure the championship.

“The week went really well at the beginning, and then on the last day, I had my bike break and the last moto I crashed three times on the first lap,” Anderson said. “I was mad at myself for getting myself in that situation, but I just put my head down and charged through the pack. I was just pinned everywhere. I had a million people cheering me on. My last pit board said I had to get one more guy, so I wasn’t sure I had one it until it was all over.”

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship finals have been organized since their 1982 founding by MX Sports. A list of past champions includes such superstars as Oakley’s Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Oakley’s James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Oakley’s Ryan Dungey and more.

Keep an eye on Jason as he charges his way into stardom.


Andrew De Lara


August 13, 2010