PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced today the 2010 schedule for the AMA Racing National Hare & Hound Championship Series, which determines the country's top desert racers every year in a number of skill- and machine-based classes.
New for 2010, the AMA has partnered with the National Hare & Hound Association (NHHA), which will promote the series. The NHHA is made up of four AMA District 37 clubs: Desert MC, Vikings MC, Four Aces MC and 100's MC.
"Similar to how our partnership with the National Enduro Promoting Group has reaped benefits for the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series presented by Moose Racing, working with the NHHA will help elevate the AMA Racing National Hare & Hound Championship Series in 2010," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley.
The NHHA's Ryan Sanders says the group is already moving ahead to advance the 2010 championship.
"Our goal is to elevate the AMA Racing National Hare & Hound Championship Series and return it to its position as a premier national championship," Sanders said. "We intend to do that by securing sponsorship and working with the clubs to achieve uniformity. We want our racers to be greeted by the same format, the same sign-up procedures, and the same signage at every event. Beyond that, we intend to promote, promote, promote.
"We've also teamed up with accomplished desert racer Chris Blais as series manager," Sanders continued. "Chris brings his years of racing experience to help make sure we keep this a series built for racers and not necessarily a series built just for profit."
Bromley said the first step was putting together an exciting schedule for racers.
"The 10-round schedule will once again provide the country's top desert racers with a number of exciting courses," Bromley said. "In addition, with multiple rounds scheduled after the summer break, we're expecting the suspense of the championship to go down to the wire, bringing many racers and fans out to enjoy the fall portion of the program."
The 2010 AMA Racing National Hare & Hound Championship Series will begin Jan. 24 at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Lucerne, Calif. The 10-round championship will see action in California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah. The complete schedule is below.
2010 AMA Racing National Hare & Hound Championship Series Schedule
Four Aces MC
LOC: Spangler Hills OHV, Ridgecrest, Calif.
Roadrunner Off-Road Racing
LOC: Superstition OHVA, El Centro, Calif.
GPS: 32° 54'7.23"N 115° 47'15.86"W
LOC: Murphy, Idaho
Round 5 (no ATVs)*
LOC: Jericho, Utah
Loc: Johnson Valley OHVA, Lucerne, Calif.
LOC: Jericho, Utah
Round 8 (no ATVs)*
Utah Desert Foxes
LOC: Wendover, Nev.
LOC: Lucerne Valley, Calif.
*The U.S. Bureau of Land Management does not allow all-terrain vehicle (ATV) competition at these locations.
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