MX Sports Revises Pro Sport Class Eligibility Rules for the 2007 Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s
Morgantown, WV – MX Sports has announced a change in supplemental rules six and seven for the 2007 Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Rules six and seven apply to eligibility for the Pro Sport classes.
The 2007 AMA Amateur Supplemental Rules state that riders who earned professional points or a professional national number in motocross or supercross for the current or previous year are not eligible to compete in the national program. That rule was published after the riders competed in those pro races, however, so the riders were not aware that they were sacrificing their eligibility when they competed in the events. The revised supplemental rules reestablish amateur eligibility for riders that competed in a pro race in 2006 only, not those that competed in AMA professional supercross or motocross events in 2007.
“It came to our attention that several amateur prospects raced a few pro nationals late last summer, and they were losing their eligibility without prior knowledge,” said MX Sports Director, Tim Cotter. “At the time that these riders competed, the 2007 rule had not been posted yet. We will make this rule retroactive to the previous year only.
The revised rules six and seven read as follows (changes in italics):
6. The following riders may only enter the A/Pro Sport classes at the National
-Riders earning AMA Pro Racing points in the Motocross or Motocross Lites class in the previous year (2006)
-Riders qualifying for a Toyota AMA Arenacross Main Event (AMA Arenacross Class only) in the current or previous year. The AMA Arenacross Lites class is not considered a pro class.
-Riders qualifying for a BooKoo Arenacross Main Event (250F or 450F pro classes) in the current or previous year.
-Riders qualifying for a FIM Motocross Grand Prix event (MX1, MX2 and MX3 classes) in the current or previous year.
7. The following riders are not eligible to participate in the National program.
-Riders earning AMA Pro Racing points (MX or MX Lites class) in the current year (2007)
-Riders earning AMA Pro Racing points in the AMA Supercross or Supercross Lites class in the current or previous year.
-Riders earning an AMA Pro Racing national number in Motocross or Supercross for the current or previous year.
About the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships:
The MX Sports produced event is the world’s largest amateur motocross race. Hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the event is the premier amateur motocross race in the world. In 2006, over 32,000 entries attempted to qualify in 33 classes for the 1320 available gates at the national. This year the National event will be held July 30th – August 4th, 2007. As proof of the significance of winning an AMA Amateur National Championship Title, most of today’s top motocross and supercross stars, including Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, won championships at Loretta Lynn’s before turning pro. Sponsors include Air Nautiques, Amsoil, Cobra, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, Gatorade, Parts Unlimited, Red Bull, Thor, Toyota, AGV, Alpinestar, Boyesen, Cti, DC Shoes, DeCal Works, FMF, Kicker, Moto Tees, Ogio, Renthal, Scott, Twin Air, Wiseco, Racer X Illustrated and Mini Rider Magazine.
About MX Sports
MX Sports is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based motocross production company. The group coordinates the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, which includes a national qualifying program consisting of 49 Area Qualifying races during February-May and 12 Regional Championship races during the month of June. Less than five percent of the Area Qualifier entries actually qualify for the national championship event, held during the first week of August at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Most riders attend the National Championship with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer vacation.
For the 2007 qualifier and regional schedule, supplemental rules, and other information, please visit www.mxsports.com or call 304-284-0101.