Bayou L’Ourse girl, 11, returns to motocross championships
A Bayou L’Ourse 11-year-old will return to the 32nd annual Red Bull American Motorcyclist Association Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch next week looking to improve upon her appearance a year ago.
Kameron Patureau, 11, returns to compete in the class for girls’ ages 9-11 at the national championships, which will be held Monday through Aug. 3.
A year ago, she finished 18th in the girls’ 9-11 class. However, she and her mom, Jessie Patureau, said she was primed for a bigger finish at the event, but a wrist injury on the final of three motos, or runs, held her back from finishing in the top 10 overall.
Now, she will get a shot to make the second go-round a better one as she will return to the event more experienced.
The younger Patureau said she learned from last year’s trip that she has to be competitive.
One advantage she will have against any rookies at the event this year is she knows the layout of the course, something she said doesn’t change.
“It’s definitely a huge advantage because you know what’s coming at you, and they won’t,” she said.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of racers.
At the event, Patureau said she will race in three 20-minute motos on the track. She will gain points according to how she finishes in each moto.
“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 in a press release. “A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program, according to a press release.
In 2012, the race became part of the Red Bull Signature Series, airing race coverage on NBC for the first time.
This year, the Red Bull Signature Series will air live coverage from Loretta Lynn’s on NBC for the first time.
Patureau is one of thousands of racers who attempted to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the national event.
The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a berth into the national championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as 4 years old, to a senior division for riders who are older than age 50.
There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified bikes.
Patureau ran her area qualifier in Conroe, Texas, where she finished second.
At the regional qualifier at Prentiss, Miss, she finished in third place to qualify to participate at the national motocross championship, her mom said.
With the help of sponsors such as Arden Enterprises, Gaerne, Renthal, FMF, DeCal Works, Fly Racing, and her parents — Jessie and Kenny Patureau — who help pay her way to the races, Patureau has had the opportunity to pursue her dreams.
She has won 67 races in the last three years and competes nearly every weekend at tracks in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Patureau will make the journey to Tennessee along with her parents and her brother, Ezra.
She is the granddaughter of Kat Moore and great-granddaughter of Jim Odom, both of Morgan City.
Patureau attends Wyandotte Elementary in Morgan City.
For more information about the national motocross champion, visit www.mxsports.com.