Regional titles lay path for Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Some of the most-talented American Motorcyclist Association members in the country aspire to the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. But before they can line up at the National on July 28 through Aug. 4, these riders must first compete at one of 12 highly competitive AMA Regional Championships, featuring the best motocross racers from each region.
"It's such an accomplishment to qualify through the AMA Area Qualifiers and earn a spot at the starting gate at the AMA Regional Championships," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "The AMA Regional Championships draw the country's best amateur motocross racers, competing for the opportunity to race in the world's premier amateur motocross event."
The AMA amateur national program includes 50 Area Qualifiers and 12 Regional Championships. Several thousand riders compete for the roughly 1,500 qualifying spots up for grabs. These riders then advance to the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil to race for AMA national No. 1 plates in 36 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.
"The AMA Regional Championships are among the largest amateur motocross races in the country, with as many as 900 competitors at any one race," said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter.
MX Sports is the AMA's promoting partner for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil. The partnership dates to 1982, when MX Sports began managing the series and moved the championship finale to its current location in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
"The AMA is dedicated to providing the best tracks, the best facilities and the best organizers to the AMA Regional Championship schedule for our members, and 2013 is no exception," Bigelow added. "We look forward to working with the MX Sports staff and the Regional Championship organizers to provide an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to race in August at the greatest amateur motocross race in existence."
The AMA Regional Championships kick off this coming weekend with the Southwest and Mideast AMA Regional Championships, May 25-26. All regional titles will be decided as June comes to a close.
The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil is one of the most diverse national championships in America. It includes classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus on motorcycles ranging from 50cc minibikes to state-of-the-art highly modified 450cc motocross machines.
The success of the national championship has produced a long list of AMA Supercross and motocross superstars. Riders who have progressed through the program include Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto and many more. Nearly every professional racer competing in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship earned his way to the pro ranks through the AMA amateur program.
The AMA launched the amateur national motocross championship program in 1975. That year, a series of regional races qualified 135 riders in three classes -- 125cc, 250cc and open -- for the championship round in Baldwin, Kan. The program evolved rapidly over the next few years to include skill and youth divisions, with championship finales run in varying locations across the country. In 1982, the event moved to its current location at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where it continues to crown the country's top amateur motocross racers every summer.
For more information on the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch, see www.mxsports.com. For more information on AMA-sanctioned motocross competition, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing.
AMA Regional Amateur Motocross Championships
June 1-2: Unadilla (Youth), New Berlin, N.Y. (607) 965-8450
June 29-30: Budds Creek (Amateur), Mechanicsville, Md. (304) 284-0084
June 8-9: Muddy Creek Raceway (Amateur), Blountville, Tenn. (423) 323-5497
June 22-23: Gatorback (Youth), Gainesville, Fla. (407) 453-2056
May 25-26: Sunday Creek MX (Youth), Millfield, Ohio (304) 284-0084
June 22-23: Baja Acres (Amateur), Millington, Mich. (989) 871-3356
North Central Regional
June 15-16: Spring Creek MX (Amateur), Millville, Minn. (507) 753-2779
June 29-30: Byron Motosports Park (Youth), Byron, Ill. (815) 234-2271
South Central Regional
June 1-2: Freestone (Amateur), Wortham, Texas (713) 962-3386
June 15-16: Golden Pine (Youth), Prentiss, Miss. (601) 506-8669
June 8-9: Washougal (Youth & Amateur), Washougal, Wash. (360) 601-5347
June 25-26: The Ranch (Youth & Amateur), Anza, Calif. (949) 276-5153
Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil
July 28-Aug. 3: Loretta Lynn Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn. (304) 284-0101
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.