PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The best amateur dirt-track racers in America will compete at the 2016 Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, and the best of the best will race for the 2016 AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award. The award recognizes the rider best prepared for the professional ranks, based on performances at the July 1-6 event in Du Quoin, Ill.
Established in 1997, AMA Horizon Awards are presented annually by the American Motorcyclist Association to outstanding riders in the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship and the AMA Road Race Grand Championship.
"The Horizon Award goes to one rider who has clearly demonstrated superior skills as an amateur and is ready to take the next big career step into the professional ranks," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "The winner of this award will have earned it, thanks to a dedicated amateur career culminating with the rider's performance at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship."
In addition to racing for AMA National No. 1 plates, the top competitors vie for the AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year and the AMA Vet/Senior Dirt Track Racer of the Year. The AMA Fast Brain Award also will be presented at the event.
Online entry for the Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship is available at https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/flattrack/index.asp and closes tonight. Online entry is $70 per class/per event. Onsite registration is $80 per class/per event.
The Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship includes competition in all four disciplines of dirt-track racing: short track, half-mile, Mile and TT. Points earned in each discipline determine the national champions in each class.
Competitors at the Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship ride traditional dirt track motorcycles and DTX motorcycles, which begin as stock motocross bikes that are fitted with dirt track tires, suspension and other modifications.
Daily pit passes are $15 for racers of all ages. Spectator pit passes for those 13 and older are $15. Spectators ages 12 and younger are $10. Ages 3 and younger are free.
Full-week pit pass packages can be purchased June 30 through July 1. They are $50 for all racers and spectators ages 13 and older. Youth spectators ages 4 to 12 are $25 each.
The Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship event schedule includes:
- July 1: Amateur Mile
- July 2: Youth TT
- July 3: Amateur and Youth Half Mile
- July 4: Youth Half Mile
- July 5: Amateur TT
- July 6: Amateur and Youth Indoor Short Track
Additional sponsors of the event include:
- Rider Appreciation Cookout: Evans Coolant
- 450cc Open Singles class: Brian Billings Racing Products
- 450cc Open Modified (Singles & Twins) class: Brian Billings Racing Products
- Women's (12+) 250cc-Open Singles class: Addicted 2 Adrenaline
- Vendor Sponsor: Durelle Racing