For 2011, Motocross Pro/Am classes held at AMA Amateur National Championship Area Qualifiers (listed as AQ on the AMA Racing Motocross Pro/Am schedule) that will receive Pro/Am advancement points are the 250A, 450A and Open Pro-sport. Riders in the Open Pro-sport class will receive points in both the 250 and Open classes.
"With the MX Amateur National class structure changing for 2011 with the elimination of the 250 Pro-Sport class this leaves just one class eligible for Pro/Am points," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "The AMA has decided the only fair solution for the riders is to award advancement points in all three A classes.
"Because riders can ride either a 250cc or a 450cc bike in the Open Pro-Sport class, we believe that providing points as both a 250cc rider and an Open rider is our way of rewarding the riders for their effort," he continued. "The purse will be divided as such that the riders in the Open Pro-sport class will receive the highest amount. This class will be the showcase of the weekend as it will race on Sunday as the lone A class. Promoters will do their best to provide long motos as riders prepare for what is to come in the professional ranks."
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