MORGANTOWN, W.Va - MX Sports, producer of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, is pleased to announce the 2016 Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule.
The qualifying program takes place in 33 states throughout the country, starting with the 54 Area Qualifiers that begin in February and run through the end of May. The 13 Regional Championships will run in eight major geographical regions throughout the United States, taking place in late May and through the month of June.
"Together with the AMA we have assembled an Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule that will minimize the travel time for our rider base. It has been the goal to provide Area Qualifier opportunities within 150 miles from every rider, and in most cases we were able to accomplish this goal," said Tim Cotter, Director of MX Sports. "The Area Qualifier and Regional Championship organizers are the backbone of the Amateur National, and we continue to see improvements in both the facilities and organizational skills of the promoters that participate in the program."
The Area Qualifiers serve as the first step in qualifying for the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship. The Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the National Championship. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race the National the week of August 1-6.
"With so many outstanding race tracks and AMA motocross organizers to choose from, you would think the selection process for the Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule would be an easy task, but I can assure you it is not," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "All that work pays off, however, because the racers are treated to exceptional tracks and facilities in great locations all across America. With the schedule now complete, the AMA and our promoting partner, MX Sports, can move our focus on working with the organizers to provide the best race experience possible at each of these events."
This year's lineup once again includes the many National-caliber tracks that have become such an integral part of the Road to Loretta's. From the historic Unadilla MX and High Point Raceway in the Northeast, to Washougal in the Northwest. The tour will also return to many other favorites such as the Southeast's Muddy Creek Raceway, RedBud MX in the Mid-East and Thunder Valley MX Park in the South Central region.
Brand new additions to the 2016 Regional Championship schedule include Texas' Oak Hill Raceway in the South Central region and Wisconsin's Motozone in the North Central region. Both tracks have played an integral part of the National program for years serving as Area Qualifiers, but will now host the youth regionals for their respective region.
"We here at Oak Hill Raceway are extremely excited to be hosting this year's South Central Youth Regional," said Oak Hill Raceway owner Jeff Oldenburg. "We have been hosting Area Qualifiers off and on for almost 20 years, and have been participating at Loretta Lynn's Ranch since 1982. We promise to give the riders the best event possible."
To view the 2016 Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule, click HERE.
The 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship will take place Monday, August 1 through Saturday, August 6 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
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