MEDFORD, Ore.- Being out of the gate first can add up to big money for riders in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which will kick off May 18 at the Hangtown MX Classic in Sacramento, Calif., because Motorcycle-Superstore.com will again stake the holeshot award for both the 450cc and 250cc classes.
"The holeshot is such a vital part of success in a motocross race," said Motorcycle Superstore Director of Sports Marketing Tim Clark. "We're adding a little extra incentive for the riders out there, which we think will add to the fun and excitement for the fans."
In a switch from conventional holeshot awards, this year's riders will have a chance to collect four points per race in each of the 12 stops on the outdoor circuit this year. Moto 1 will be worth one point, Moto 2 will be worth two, and a rider who sweeps both holeshots will get a bonus point. The rider with the most points at the end of the season will collect the bonus money, which is $25,000 for the 450cc class and $15,000 for the 250cc class.
"Sponsoring the holeshot awards have become a signature feature for Motorcycle Superstore," Clark said. "We've made our mark in prestigious amateur races like the Loretta Lynn's and the Ricky Carmichael race in Daytona and we wanted to bring that same excitement to the pro level."
The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship season gets underway next Saturday at the Hangtown MX Classic and will conclude Aug. 24 at the Lake Elsinore National in Lake Elsinore, Calif.