Nate Thrasher was one of the top competitors in the B class at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross this year, winning multiple motos with undeniable speed on display. The Tennessee native has had plenty of success at the Ranch in recent years and announced his desire to move up to the A class and go pro as soon as possible. It was anticipated before the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series in Millville, Minnesota that Thrasher was going to make his professional debut with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM team, but that was called off at the last minute. He announced on Instagram that he was really looking forward to his debut but due to some “circumstances that have come up”, it would have to be postponed.

It turns out that they needed a few more weeks to iron out the contract details in a move that saw the amateur prospect move to the Star Racing Yamaha program, joining a stable of young and talented up-and-coming riders. But that’s not all - part of the negotiation reportedly included sending 450 class veteran Justin Barcia to the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM team, soon to be a Gas Gas supported effort next year. In the past couple of seasons, Yamaha has been putting some serious effort into compiling a promising group of youngsters on their flagship 250 class program. Besides Dylan Ferrandis and Shane McElrath, Star Racing Yamaha have the likes of Justin Cooper, Jarrett Frye, Ty Masterpool, Nick Romano, Matthew LeBlanc, and now Nate Thrasher. All six of those riders have won Loretta Lynn’s titles in the past four years, signifying the amount of potential in the Yamaha ranks at the moment.

Although Thrasher wasn’t able to make his debut at Spring Creek like he originally planned, the seventeen-year-old is going to be lining up at the penultimate round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado.

Nate stated in a post on Instagram “I am super excited for the future and the opportunity to ride for Star Racing Yamaha. I can’t wait to get behind the gate on this beast.”