The 12 Regional Championships coincide with the 12 different regions across the country and provide the second and final stage of the qualification process in preparation for the national championship. The Regional Championships consist of a three moto format and longer motos in an effort to prepare the participants for the three twenty-minute motos at the national.
AMA Amateur Motocross Manager Ryan Holiday says, “The Regional Championships are an ever growing part of the program and have become a championship within a championship on the road to Loretta Lynn's. We have a great group of AMA promoters that do an excellent job organizing these very important events.”
OEM manufacturers provide technical support at every event and offer substantial contingency programs for the participants. In addition, team managers often view the regional events as the second biggest race of the year for their individual programs.
Kawasaki Team Green’s Dave Gowland added, “Kawasaki believes that the regional events set the stage for what's to come and gives Team Green riders an indication of what lies ahead. These events are good confidence builders for some, while for others it may indicate that they need to step up their program if they are looking for podium results at the big dance.”
Director of MX Sports, Tim Cotter, says, “We are excited to take the 2008 regionals to many of the premiere race tracks in the country. The AMA and MX Sports have great confidence the regional promoters are up to the task.”
Youth May 24 & 25 Pleasure Valley Armagh, PA
Amateur June 7 & 8 Steel City Raceway Delmont, PA
Youth June 21 & 22 Birch Creek MX Danville, VA
Amateur June 14 & 15 Muddy Creek Blountville, TN
Mid East Regionals
Youth June 7 & 8 Ballance MX Bowling Green, KY
Amateur May 31, June 1 Red Budd MX Buchanan, MI
North Central Regionals
Youth June 21 & 22 MC Motopark Mt. Carroll, IL
Amateur June 14 & 15 Little Falls Raceway Little Falls, MN
South Central Regionals
Youth June 14 & 15 Freestone MX Wortham, TX
Amateur May 31, June 1 Thunder Valley Lakewood, CO
Youth / Amateur May 24, 25 & 26 Honey Lake Milford, CA
Youth / Amateur June 7 & 8 Glen Helen San Bernardino, CA
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 2007, over 25,000 entries attempted to qualify in 33 classes for the 1386 available gates at the national. In 2008 the National event, christened the world’s greatest motocross vacation, will be held July 27th – August 3rd. 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, James Stewart, and Ryan Villopoto, 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, Alpinestars, Boyesen, Cti, DC Shoes, DeCal Works, FMF, Kicker, Moto Tees, Ogio, Renthal, Scott, Twin Air, Wiseco, and Racer X Illustrated. For more information visit www.mxsports.com.
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 held annually from February through May and 12 Regional Championship races conducted during the month of June at select motocross facilities across the country. 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. For more information, visit www.mxsports.com.