PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Amateur motocross racers from across the country begin competing this weekend at Washougal MX Park in AMA Regional Championships that qualify them for the 2017 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil.
“The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross Championship is the most coveted championship in amateur motocross,” AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow said. “Racers advance from area qualifiers to one of these eight regional championships, moving another step closer to competing for an AMA National No. 1 plate at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch this fall.”
Regional championships mark the final step in qualifying for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross Championship and will take place from May to June in eight regions – Northeast, Southeast, Mid-East, North Central, South Central, Northwest, Mid-West and Southwest.
“The AMA Regional Championships are the most significant part of qualifying for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch,” MX Sports Director Tim Cotter said. “Over 22,000 racers committed themselves to the qualifying process at the area qualifiers, which ensures top-notch racing, as only 9,000 of those competitors will be able to punch their ticket to the AMA Amateur National Championship.”
Racers who finish in the top of their respective classes at the regional championship level move on to the highly prestigious Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 31 through Aug. 5.
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 an impressive number 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 and Ryan Dungey.
For more information, visit the “Racing” tab at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.