Starting this weekend at American Motorcyclist Association Regional Championships across the country, America's fastest amateur motocross racers will compete for a coveted spot at the July 26 through Aug. 1 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Starting this weekend at American Motorcyclist Association Regional Championships across the country, America's fastest amateur motocross racers will compete for a coveted spot at the July 26 through Aug. 1 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
In all, 13 AMA Regional Championships will take place, giving riders an opportunity to make the national program.
"Every summer, the best amateur motocross racers in the country dream of racing at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "The path to that dream goes through the AMA Regional Championships. Working closely with promoting partner MX Sports, these regional championship events feature America's best tracks and most-capable promoters, ensuring that the talent that emerges will create one of the most-exciting national championship lineups ever."
The AMA amateur national program includes 59 Area Qualifiers and 13 Regional Championships. Several thousand riders compete for the 1,482 national qualifying spots up for grabs. Those riders advance to the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch to race for AMA national No. 1 plates in 38 classes. The best riders will compete for the coveted AMA Motocross Horizon Award, presented to the amateur racer poised for success in the pro ranks.
"Regional season is perhaps the most stressful time of the year for our athletes who are attempting to make it to the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships," said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. "With nearly 9,000 Regional entries expected and only 1,482 gates available at the National, you can see it is very difficult to advance. We wish everyone good luck in their quest to make it to Loretta Lynn's Ranch."
The AMA Regional Championships get started this weekend with races in the Northeast, South Central and Southwest. All regional titles will be decided by the last weekend in June.
Dating to 1975, the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is one of the longest-running motorsports championships in the country. The success of the program, which has produced a long list of AMA Supercross and Motocross superstars, is unmatched. Riders who have progressed through the program include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath, as well as current stars such as Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey and many more.
For more information about the national championship motocross program, see www.mxsports.com. For more information all AMA-sanctioned motocross competition, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Racing > Motocross.
AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Regional Qualifiers
May 30-31: Birch Creek (Youth), Sutherlin, Va., (434) 836-7629
June 20-21: Unadilla (Amateur), New Berlin, N.Y., (607) 965-8450
June 13-14: Gatorback (Amateur), Alchua, Fla., (321) 689-3461
June 20-21: South of the Border (Youth), Hamer, S.C., (423) 323-5497
June 6-7: RedBud (Amateur), Buchanan, Mich., (269) 695-6405
June 27-28: Sunday Creek (Youth), Millfield, Ohio, (304) 284-0084
North Central Regionals
June 13-14: Indian Hills (Youth), Du Quoin, Ill., (205) 699-8857
June 20-21: Spring Creek (Amateur), Millville, Minn., (507) 753-2779
South Central Regionals
May 30-31: Freestone Raceway (Amateur), Wortham, Texas, (713) 962-3386
June 20-21: Golden Pine (Youth), Prentiss, Miss., (985) 273-1317
June 6-7: Washougal (Youth/Amateur), Washougal, Wash., (360) 601-5347
June 13-14: Prairie City (Youth/Amateur), Rancho Cordova, Calif., (740) 297-6686
May 30-31: Glen Helen (Youth/Amateur), San Bernardino, Calif., (909) 384-9342