The 12 Regional Championships coincide with the 7 different regions across the country and provide the second and final stage of the qualification process. 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.
“Thousands of riders attempt to qualify for the AMA Amateur National at Loretta Lynn's, yet many will only make it as far as their Regional Championship. Therefore, we want to insure that our members are treated to the most fair and professional event possible,” says the American Motorcyclist Association's Kevin Crowther. “The AMA and MX Sports worked together to create this year's schedule, and we're pleased with this year's AMA Amateur Regional Championship line-up.”
“When selecting the tracks we have to be mindful of their location within the region, the size of the facility and the ability of the organizer,” says MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “We are confident that the 2009 selections meet these high standards.”
OEM manufacturers provide technical support at every event and offer substantial contingency programs for the participants. The amateur team members often view the Regional Championships as the second biggest race of the year for their individual programs.
Kawasaki Team Green Motocross Supervisor Ryan Holliday remarks, “The Regional qualifier events are important to Kawasaki for several reasons. One is that this is final step for our riders to qualify for the AMA Amateur National Championship. Second, it provides a great opportunity to have our Kawasaki support vehicles on the road attending regional level events where they can provide technical assistance and service to all Kawasaki riders in attendance. We recognize the importance of supporting racers at all levels across the country and the regional qualifiers enable us to reach thousands of our customers in just a few weeks and hopefully welcome some new customers to the Kawasaki family along the way.”
Additions to the schedule for the 2009 season include a South Central Youth Regional in Lake Whitney, Texas. “It is an honor to have Lake Whitney run as a part of the most prestigious motocross program in the country,” says Alan McWilliams, operator of the Lake Whitney track. “We can't wait to get our race started.”
Also, the famous Budds Creek MX Park in Maryland, host of the 2007 FIM Motocross of Nations, joins the Regional Schedule for the first time in over a decade. “It has been a long time since we have hosted a regional at our facility,” says Jonathan Beasley. “We are excited about the opportunity to showcase Budds Creek to the Youth riders in the Northeast.”
2009 AMA Amateur National Championship Regional Schedule
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.