Many amateur motocross racers dream of racing in the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship. One way to make that dream a reality is to hone your skills at AMA Racing Pro/Am events. It’s at these venues where up-and-coming racers earn the points, purse money and contingency support to help them climb the competitive ladder.
“Our 2010 AMA Racing Pro/Am schedule features quality race tracks and events that are promoted by some of this country’s top organizers,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “With around 40 races on the calendar and at least $150,000 in guaranteed purse available to the fastest amateur American motocross racers on the planet, we’re confident this schedule provides the challenges to prepare these young racers for the next level.”Bromley added that one factor in developing the current schedule was the increased minimum age requirements for a pro license. “In 2010, the minimum age to acquire a professional license rises to 17, and in 2011, that will increase to 18,” Bromley said. “What that also means is that many of today’s top amateurs will spend more time in the Pro/Am ranks. That reality pushed us to create a schedule that best suits the up-and-coming A-class rider looking to build skill and confidence to race with the professional racers at the national level.”
AMA Racing Pro/Am motocross events are open to both professionally licensed and A-class amateur motocross racers. The events allow amateurs to gain experience on America’s top tracks and prepare for the fast pace and long motos that professional racing demands. To be considered for a professional motocross license, competitors must have earned at least 75 advancement points (at the time of application) in AMA Racing Pro/Am motocross events in a continuous 12-month period. Points are based off overall finishes in either the 250 Pro/Am and Open Pro/Am classes. Points from each class will not be combined.
2010 AMA Racing Pro/Am schedule (Schedule subject to change)
Jan. 3: Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla.; Unlimited Sports MX; (813) 470-7498; [email protected]; www.unlimitedsportsmx.com.
Feb. 21: Arizona Cycle Park, Litchfield Park, Ariz.; (623) 853-0750; www.arizonacyclepark.com. LLQ. Double-points-paying event.
March 7: Competitive Edge, Hesperia, Calif.; (909) 456-1070; www.ridecemx.com. Double-points paying event.
March 8-13: Lake Whitney MX Park, Whitney, Texas; Bama Cycle Park; (817) 270-1814; www.lakewhitneymx.com. Double-points-paying event.
March 21: Iron City Motorsports Park, Blacksburg, S.C.; Victory Sports; (432) 323-5497; www.victorysportsracing.com. LLQ
April 11: Devils Ridge Motocross, Sanford, N.C.; (919) 776-1767; www.devilsridgemotox.com.
May 2: Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn.; Victory Sports Inc.; (423) 323-5497; www.victorysportsracing.com. LLQ
May 9: Sunset Ridge MX, Walnut, Ill.; 4P Promotions Inc.; (815) 379-9534; www.sunsetridgemx.com. LLQ
May 16: Daniel Boone MX, London, Ky.; Victory Sports; (423) 323-5497; www.danielboonemx.net.
May 21: Dirt Diggers North MC, Sacramento, Calif.; (800) 426-4869; [email protected]; www.hangtownmx.com. Amateur day at National.
May 30: Pine Ridge Raceway, Athelstane, Wisc.; (715) 856-6612; www.pineridgeraceway.com. Double-points-paying event.
May 31: Sweney Cycle Park, Brush, Colo.; (970) 768-0518; www.sweneycycleark.com.
June 5-6: Competitive Edge, Hesperia, Calif.; (909) 456-1070; www.ridecemx.com. LLQ
June 6: Freestone County Raceway LLC, Wortham, Texas; (713) 880-5533; www.freestonemx.com. Amateur day at National.
June 13: High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pa. Racer Productions; (304)284-0800; www.racerproductions.com. Amateur day at National.
June 21: MC Motopark, Mt. Carroll, Ill.; (815) 238-1614; [email protected]; www.mcmotopart.com.
July 4: Red Bud Recreation Inc., Buchanan, Mich.; (269) 695-6405; www.redbudmx.com. Amateur day at National.
July 11: Motoland, Kingsbury, Ind.; (218) 988-6686; www.motoland.com.
July 11: Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa. Bellco Inc.; (304) 284-0080; www.racerproductions.com.
July 11: Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn.; Victory Sports Inc.; (423) 323-5497; www.victorysportsracing.com.
July 16: Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minn.; (507) 753-2779; www.springcreekmx.com. Amateur day at National.
July 25: Washougal MX Park, Washougal, Wash.; (360) 837-3975; www.washougalmxpk.com. Amateur day at National. Double-points-paying event.
Aug. 2-7: AMA Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships, presented by Amsoil, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.; (304) 284-0084; www.mxsports.com. National Championship participants only. Double-points-paying event.
Aug. 13-16: Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, N.Y.; (607) 965-8784; www.unadillamx.com. Amateur day at National.
Aug. 22: Pleasure Valley Raceway, Armaugh, Pa.; (814) 695-2453; www.cernics.com.
Sept. 4-6: Baja MX, Millington, Mich.; (989) 871-3356; [email protected]; www.bajamx.com.
Sept. 5: Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa.; Bellco Inc.; (304) 284-0080; www.racerproductions.com. Amateur day at National.
Sept. 5: Pine Ridge Raceway, Athelstane, Wisc.; (715) 856-6612; www.pineridgeraceway.com.
Sept. 12: Aztalan Racing, Lake Mills, Wisc.; Aztalan Cycle Club; (414) 297-9367; www.aztalancycle.com.
Sept 26: Golden Pine Raceway, Prentiss, Miss.; (601) 506-8669; www.goldenpineraceway.com.
Sept 26: Buffalo Creek Motocross Park, Canton, Texas; Kingdom Motorsports; (214) 939-4321; [email protected]; www.buffalocreekmx.com.
Oct. 2-3: Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J.; (732) 446.7800; www.racewaypark.com. Kawasaki Race of Champions. Double-points-paying event
Oct. 3: Otsego Club and Resort, Gaylord, Mich.; Baja MX Inc.; (989) 871-3356; [email protected]; www.bajamx.com.
Oct. 10: Crossroads MX, Mason, Ill.; (618) 686-2769; www.crossroadsmx.com.
Oct 16-17: Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn.; Victory Sports Inc.; (423) 323-5497; www.victorysportsracing.com.
Oct. 30-31: Bama Cycle Park, Pell City, Ala.; (205) 699-8857; www.millcreekmotocross.com.
Nov. 22-24: Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla.; Unlimited Sports MX; (813) 470-7498; [email protected]; www.unlimitedsportsmx.com. Only the 250A/Pro-Am and Open A/Pro-Am Modified classes will be awarded points.
Nov. 25-27: Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla.; Unlimited Sports MX; (813) 470-7498; [email protected]; www.unlimitedsportsmx.com. Only the 250A/Pro-Am and Open A/Pro-Am Modified classes will be awarded points.
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