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MX Sports State of the Sport Address
Update on 2020 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 9, 2020) – MX Sports, producer of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, provided a video update with Event Director Tim Cotter, who went over the various options for the Area Qualifiers, Regional Championships and the National Championship at Loretta Lynn’s.
MX Sports wants to be as transparent as possible during this current situation, therefore every Monday the Race Leadership Team (RLT), which consists of representatives from the AMA, MX Sports and MX Sports Pro Racing, have been updating racers and their families with RLT Competition Bulletins. The RLT will reconvene each Monday to review the upcoming race schedule, making adjustments as needed, and will work with event organizers to reschedule events when possible. Check out the latest RLT Competition Bulletin by clicking, HERE.
The MX Sports #SafeToRace strategy has been created, and we will go racing when it is safe to race. At this point, as it relates to the AMA Amateur National program, we have several plans in place to move forward. Each plan has been developed based on an anticipated Safe to Race date. Please see below for a detailed plan of the scenarios:
Plan A: was adopted with the initial cancelation and postponement of the all Area Qualifiers thru the month of April.
Plan B: All Area Qualifiers will start at the beginning of May and run thru the first weekend in June. This will require several Area Qualifiers to run in the same region and on the same weekend. As part of this plan, the Regional schedule will be modified and include the July 4th weekend. The National at Loretta Lynn’s will race as scheduled. However, please know that if we cannot start racing in the first few weeks of May, we will have to move on to Plan C.
Plan C: Will begin by removing the Area Qualifier system and move to a Super Regional schedule. This would require Three Regional Championship events to run in each Region: A Youth, Amateur and Vet Regional. Several of the Youth Classes will be moved to the Amateur Regional and all of the Vet Classes will create the Vet Regional. The National at Loretta Lynn’s will race as scheduled.
Plan D: Will begin by removing the Area Qualifier and Regional Championship system and expand the National Championship into two weeks of racing. One week of racing for Youth and another week of racing for Amateur. This plan is a bit down the road and a lot can and will happen between now and then.
Loretta Lynn’s has been a seed bed for motocross racers around the globe. It’s soil has produced the icons of our sport and will continue to do so.
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About the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 54 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 35 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
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