ROAD TO THE RANCH: JORDAN JARVIS
Jordan Jarvis first competed at the AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship a decade ago, contesting the 51cc (7-8) Stock class. At that point, it only took a couple of years for her to make her mark on Hurricane Mills as she returned in 2012 on the gate of the Girls (9-11) class. Riding a Kawasaki at the time, Jarvis earned 2nd place overall by finishing every single moto on the podium, but that was only the beginning of what would develop into a very successful career at the Ranch. After switching to Yamaha the following season, she maintained her podium form and even stepped it up one year later in 2014, winning all three motos on her way to the title in the Girls (9-13) class. Jarvis continued the same podium trend throughout the following season and returned in 2016 with what is arguably her most impressive performance at Loretta Lynn’s, winning both the Women’s class and the Girls (12-16) class and leaving with two number one plates. She was able to repeat that same feat in 2018 by winning both the Women’s division and the WMX class as well, upping the ante by staying undefeated throughout the entire week. Last year, JJ went 2-2-1 for 2nd overall and although she was able to get a moto win, she wasn’t satisfied without the number one plate in her possession. The pattern of her results throughout the last ten years at Loretta Lynn’s suggests that she’s going to bounce back this year and win her sixth Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship and she’ll certainly be determined to do so.
How’d the Regionals go for you?
Regionals went well for me. I ended up getting my two tickets in Women’s and Collegeboy on my first try which is always great. I rode my heart out to get that Collegeboy ticket, that’s for sure.
What’s a typical day of training been like for you getting ready for Loretta’s?
My typical day is sprints and motos and trying to stay hydrated and healthy while doing so. I am getting ready for the pro nationals as well, so I like to try and do two thirty-minute motos or thirty-five-minute motos and some short sprints to round off the day.
How do you recover after a twenty-minute moto in the brutal heat and humidity?
The best way to recover after a long hard moto in the heat is a ton of hydration. A lot of water and Gatorade or in my case I use Hammer Nutrition. I also found it best to eat lots of fruit and protein as well.
Is there one specific year at Loretta’s that has been the most memorable for you?
I actually have two years that we’re very memorable to me. In 2016, I won both the Women’s class and the Girls class. That was my first and only time to win two classes in one year at the Ranch. 2018 was also memorable as well. I won every moto I raced. I won the Women’s class and also the WMX class which eventually led me to getting the WMX title as well.
What do you think is the key to success at the Ranch?
The key to success at the Ranch is how hard you work before getting there. I believe that is one of the biggest factors to getting good finishes. But once you get there you have to be able to stay calm and ride at 110% percent without making mistakes. The best way to do that is to be mentally strong and trust your ability and most of all you have to enjoy what you’re doing. Going to Loretta’s is very stressful no matter what your goal is there. The hardest part of the week is remembering to have fun while you’re racing. If you’re enjoying yourself and still staying in the right mindset, you will do well at the Ranch!