This weekend marks the start of the American Motorcyclist Association Regional Championships across the country, with thousands of amateur motocross racers competing for a spot at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
After advancing through one of the 55 Area Qualifiers, riders will have the chance to compete at one of 13 AMA Regional Championships in hope of making it to the national event, which is scheduled for Aug. 1-6.
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 37 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 regional championships are the final step in qualifying for the annual AMA Amateur National,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “These events become a very stressful time for our racers and their families, as it is very difficult to transfer from the regional championships to the Amateur National. Together with the AMA and our regional organizers, we will work hard to ensure that all of our athletes get a quality and fair experience.”
The AMA Regional Championships kick off this weekend with races in the Southeast and Northwest regions. All regional titles will be decided by the last weekend in June.
2016 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Regional Championships
June 4-5: High Point Raceway (Amateur), Mount Morris, Pa., (304) 284-0084
June 11-12: Doublin Gap MX (Youth), Shippensburg, Pa., (717) 249-6036
May 28-29: Muddy Creek (Amateur), Blountville, Tenn., (423) 323-5497
June 18-19: North Carolina Motorsports Park (Youth), Henderson, N.C., (252) 767-6671
June 4-5: RedBud (Youth), Buchanan, Mich., (269) 695-6405
June 25-26: Baja Acres (Amateur), Millington, Mich., (989) 871-3356
North Central Regionals
June 11-12: Byron Motorsports Park (Amateur), Byron, Ill., (815) 234-2271
June 18-19: Motozone (Youth), Tigerton, Wis., (920) 419-2863
South Central Regionals
June 11-12: Thunder Valley (Amateur), Lakewood, Colo., (303) 909-7003
June 25-26: Oak Hill Raceway (Youth), Alvord, Texas, (940) 577-22
May 28-30: Washougal (Youth/Amateur), Washougal, Wash., (360) 601-5347
June 4-5: Prairie City (Youth/Amateur), Rancho Cordova, Calif., (740) 297-6686
June 11-12: Pala Raceway (Youth/Amateur), Pala, Calif., (740) 297-6686